So The Atlantic is clearly getting the message that while Anne-Marie Slaughter's article about was an extremely important addition to the contemporary work-life discussion, everyone hates, hates, hates the title, the picture, and the general way they framed it. (Here's their own round-up of responses, which pretty fairly represents the responses that I've seen, including my own.) And they have a sense of humor about it, posting this picture today, above the caption, "Asking the question that’s on everybody’s mind."
Meanwhile, Karen Kornbluh—who's done absolutely essential research and writing on the work-life issues—and who is now an Ambassador in Obama's administration—tweeted at me the link to her past Atlantic article on what's needed. I hope that Slaughter and Sandberg read this stat, before their high-level pow-wow on how to change the workforce to make it friendly for human beings. She leaves out the need for humane policies for all stages of life, allowing working Americans to care for deteriorating parents, sick spouses, and the like. But Kornbluh's prescriptions are still important: paid family leave; higher-quality childcare (or, as goes down better in the US, "early childhood education"); and decoupling healthcare from employment, i.e., the ACA (urp!). SCOTUS will be ruling on that on Thursday, according to SCOTUSblog. Ten... nine... eight ...
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