Supported by


It's Time to Make 'Women's Work' Everyone's Work

Aug 03, 2016 | 16 videos
Video by The Atlantic

Anne-Marie Slaughter, the author of Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, says that the missing factor in the women’s movement is an emphasis on caregiving policies. Work, for the most part, is stratified into to separate categories: caregiving and breadwinning. Caregiving is traditionally done by women, while breadwinning is men’s work. Despite many progressive milestones, current governmental policies surrounding caregiving still do not move society towards gender equality. "Why haven’t we said that, actually, traditional women’s work is just as important as traditional men’s work?” Slaughter asks in this interview, filmed at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. “Both are equally necessary for society...but we value breadwinning so much more than we value caregiving.”

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to

Authors: Erica Moriarty, Nicolas Pollock

About This Series

Insights and perspectives from the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival