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.

The Homemaker Mystique featuring Celebrity Chef Cat Cora

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Breadwinning & Caregiving

Today’s working parents struggle with the pressure to be perfect at the office and at home. Media messages urge them to cook fresh and buy local, while new research shows that putting the nightly dinner on the table is increasing the stress on parents, especially those in low-income households. This Thursday, Celebrity chef and mother of 4 Cat Cora headlines a panel discussion on the way modern families are formed and cared for. Click to find out more and RSVP.

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in the news | November 06, 2014 | Breadwinning & Caregiving

100 Women in Congress? So What.

Even as women make up nearly 60 percent of college students; even as law schools, practically a manufacturing plant for nascent politicians, are half-female; even given the remarkable strides women have made in the past half-century, Congress—like Wall Street, like the digital behemoths of Silicon Valley—hardly reflects this massive demographic shift. Permeate politics! Hardly.

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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.

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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.”

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