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"Women Can’t Have It All" Author Doesn’t Want To Be Sheryl Sandberg’s Enemy

“No Steinem/Friedan feud here!”

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Sheryl Sandberg.

The front page of today’s New York Times includes an article about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In, which encourages women to stay in the workforce and be more ambitious in their careers. Many have naturally compared and contrasted her arguments and advice with that of Anne-Marie Slaughter, whose July 2012 Atlantic cover story “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” set off a massive debate on the topic of women and work.

Sandberg and Slaughter have slightly different ideologies, but the Times pits them as warring opposites, calling Slaughter “Ms. Sandberg’s chief critic.” The piece also says, “Both women quietly developed perhaps the most notable feminist row since Ms. Friedan refused to shake Gloria Steinem’s hand decades ago” and that, “The Slaughter-Sandberg match may represent what some may see as a welcome new phase in the debate over work and motherhood.”

But Slaughter doesn’t agree:

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