Can Men and Women Have it All? A Conversation with Andrew Moravcsik
On Thursday, October 22, 2015 German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Brussels office hosted Dr. Andrew Moravcsik, Transatlantic Academy fellow and Professor of Politics and Director of the European Union Program at Princeton University. In a conversation with Dr. Corinna Horst, deputy director of the GMF Brussels office, Moravcsik proved a male perspective on female leadership and how work-care balance can be achieved and elaborated on his recent article “Why I Put My Wife’s Career First.” Speaking from his experience with his wife Anne Marie Slaughter, former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of Statue and now CEO and President of the New America Foundation and author of the recent book “Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family”, Moravcsik explained the importance of both genders having equal chances as they venture to build both their professional and family lives. Dr. Moravcsik also pointed out the stigmas of gender roles which impede institutional reforms on the matter. He drew attention to making paternity and maternity leave equally available and even mandatorily available in order to overcome the biases through institutional reforms. For women and men to have equal propensity to be successful, it is key for couples to communicate and take a look at the entire life span when looking at work-care balance. The conversation concluded with questions from the audience regarding the impact of class on female leadership, finding alternative work-care approaches in the gay community, gender quotas, and gender-pay gap.