Anne-Marie Slaughter to Speak at SXSW 2013

Written by Sarah Garcia | November 28, 2012
<span class="caption right"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news/image/AMS_Denise%20Applewhite.jpg" width="183" height="220" alt="Anne-Marie Slaughter by Denise Applewhite" title="Anne-Marie Slaughter by Denise Applewhite" class="image-medium" />Photo by Denise Applewhite</span>Many of the digital creatives who attend the SXSW Interactive Festival struggle to manage the delicate balance between work and life. With this challenge in mind, we are very happy to have confirmed <a href="http://www.princeton.edu/~slaughtr/about.html">Anne-Marie Slaughter</a> as a Featured Session for the 2013 event. An academic, foreign policy analyst, and public commentator through the old and new media, Slaughter served as Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department from January 2009 until February 2011. She is currently the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Her provocative essay titled <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/why-women-still-cant-have-it-all/309020/">"Why Women Still Can't Have It All"</a> appeared in the July/August 2012 issue of The Atlantic. In the first four days after publication, the piece attracted more than 700,000 unique readers, making it by far the most popular magazine article ever published in that magazine. In the same period, it received over 119,000 Facebook "Recommends," thus becoming the most "liked" piece ever to appear in any version of the magazine. "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" was soon discussed in detail on the front page of the New York Times and in several other media outlets, attracting attention from around the world. While the essay itself tends to focus the difficulties of time-consuming career aspirations in terms of gender, the author has subsequently framed this issue as one that both sexes must face and conquer. Slaughter joins an already impressive list of <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive/talks/featured-sessions">Featured Sessions</a> at SXSW 2013, including industry leaders such as Andy Rubin, Paula Kerger, Tim Berners-Lee and Jane Pratt. Click <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive/talks/programming">here</a> for a list of all currently-confirmed programming for next March in Austin.