Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America
Slaughter famously wrote about the conundrum of successful work-life balance in an essay for The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” that became one of the most-read articles in the magazine’s history. Later, she expanded her message to address the strain felt by full-time caregivers, whose work is unpaid and, as a result, often excluded from the conversation about balance.
“We are never going to get to gender equality between men and women,” Slaughter tells the Washington Post, “unless we value the work of care as much as we value paid work — or when both men and women do it. That’s the unfinished business.”
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, author of “Lean In,” co-author of “Option B”
“There’s no such thing as work-life balance. There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance,” Sandberg said in a 2012 interview in which she remembered pumping breast milk during conference calls when she worked at Google.
“Employed mothers and father both struggle with multiple responsibilities,” Sandberg writes in “Lean In,” “but mothers also have to endure the rude questions and accusatory looks that remind us that we’re shortchanging both our jobs and our children. As if we need reminding.
“Like me, most of the women I know do a great job worrying that we don’t measure up.”