Anne-Marie Slaughter and Sallie Krawcheck Discuss Gender Equality at Ellevate Network Event in NYC

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True gender equality can only be accomplished if we change our perspectives on parenting, working women, and what we value.

Anne-Marie Slaughter answers Sallie Krawcheck in a packed house at Shearman & Sterling LLP in NYC.

If even someone with all my advantages has to make a choice and can’t make it work, then we need to radically rethink how we’re treating all the other women who have fewer advantages and are getting knocked out."

On August 11th, 2016 in New York City, Ellevate Network brought together two women who are shattering glass ceilings and actively changing what it means to be a woman at work today. The conversation was live-streamed from New York with viewers tuning in from around the world.

Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network, sat down with Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America, to discuss the current state of women in the workplace and what the future holds for diversity, family leave, policy, and equality. The event was sponsored and hosted by Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Anne-Marie’s article “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” published in The Atlantic in 2012, quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine male-female equality.

In her latest book Unfinished Business, Anne-Marie returns with her vision for what true equality between men and women really means and how we can get there.

In this discussion, Sallie and Anne-Marie discussed how we should talk to men and women with the same language, why the US Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio are the perfect example of the “New America,” and why the term “maternity leave” should be obsolete.

Anne-Marie shared her changed perspective on what qualifies as important work:

“It used to be that if [a woman] told me she was taking time out for her children, my reaction was, ‘That’s a pity.’ Now I look at somebody who says… ‘I’m a teacher,’ or working in any of the care professions, and I say that is really important work. And I mean it. We’re not going to get to gender equality until we all mean it, and until we mean it for men as well as for women.”

She told us why it’s important to invest in the people responsible our future:

“We tilted so far in the direction of women wanting to be like their fathers… that we then devalued the work women have traditionally done. That’s individually wrong, morally wrong, and, socially, very shortsighted. We are not valuing the investment in the children who will keep us safe, who will be competitive, who will care for us.”

When asked about the progress of diversity in government around the world:

“We’re making progress but we’ve got a long way to go.”

To watch the video of Anne- Marie and Sallie, click here. To listen to the live-stream in its entirety, click here. For a written recap of the event, click here.

To learn more about Ellevate Network and the work they do to close the gender achievement gap in business, click here.

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