The Balancing Act - Women, Work and Family in the United states and France - VILLA-GILLET // WALLS AND BRIDGES //

Walls and Bridges

Walls and Bridges is a 10-day series of performances and critical explorations uniting French and American thinkers and artists from social sciences, philosophy, literature and live arts.

The Balancing Act - Women, Work and Family in the United states and France

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem © Razak / MDDF, Anne-Marie Slaughter © Denise Applewhite

10/14/2013 >  18:00 - 19:30
Rotunda, Low Memorial Library
Columbia University
535 W 116th Street
New York, NY 10027

Discussion. Co-presented by Maison Française-Columbia University, Institute for Research on Women and Gender-Columbia UniversityAlliance Program, World Leaders Forum-Columbia University and Cultural Services-French Ambassy in the United States.


Featuring: Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (Minister for Women’s Rights and Government Spokesperson / FR), Anne-Marie Slaughter (President of the New America Foundation / US)

In her essay “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” published in The Atlantic in 2012, Anne-Marie Slaughter fueled a national debate on how the difficulties of finding a workfamily balance have limited women in the top echelons of business and government. The French Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem defends the belief that national policies can and should be used to support women’s personal and professional goals and to implement a “real equality between women and men”. These two public figures and high-profile career women will discuss gender equality in the U.S. and in France. They will also discuss strategies to ensure that the next generation of women and men can have enough for all.


Hosted by Alondra Nelson (Sociologist and Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia / US)


The discussion will be held in French and English with simultaneous translation


Registration open on Monday October 7th at 12pm

Anne-Marie  Slaughter