The Breadwinning & Caregiving Program aims to create a community engaged in issues that include work-family balance, improved access to child care, our changing definition of family, and opportunities for female leadership. We seek to create a public environment that's hospitable to change, through powerful writing and informed debate about careers and families, their strengths and their needs.

Innovating Women

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There’s no denying that a necessary movement is underway to close the gender gap in the tech sector. Listen here to Vivek Wadhwa, a Foreign Policy “Top 100 Global Thinker” and co-author of Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, speak about this movement and its challenges with Liza Mundy, Director of New America’s Breadwinning and Caregiving Program. You can keep the conversation going online using #innovatingwomen and following @NewAmerica and @InnovatingWomen.

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in the news | August 28, 2014 | Breadwinning & Caregiving

The Obama Administration’s stealth plan to remake the workplace

Liza Mundy, director of the breadwinning and caregiving program at the New America Foundation, notes that the first piece of legislation Obama signed after taking office in 2009 was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expanded the ability of workers to file equal-pay lawsuits. At that time, Democrats enjoyed majorities in both houses, which they lost in 2011 when the Republicans regained control of the House. “They had some successes with actual legislation at the beginning, but now that we have a divided government, it’s more stealth measures,” says Mundy.

in the news | May 15, 2014 | Breadwinning & Caregiving

A Decision That Helped Shape Michelle Obama | The New York Times

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Still, Mrs. Obama does not often explicitly evoke the volatile topic of race in her speeches, particularly since her experience in the 2008 presidential campaign, when her critics caricatured her as an angry black woman. “Race for her has been a little bit of a third rail, an area in which she’s had to be careful,” said Liza Mundy, author of the 2008 book “Michelle: A Biography.” “I don’t feel like she has unleashed the full force of what her childhood experience was like, growing up in a neighborhood where she witnessed white flight.”