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.
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.
Katherine Taylor, lawyer and bioethicist, and journalist Liz Mundy join Andrea Mitchell to discuss Facebook’s and Apple’s announcement that they will pay female employees to freeze their eggs.
“They definitely look at their businesses different [from men],” Ms. Wilson said about female entrepreneurs during an interview Monday at the CORE Club in New York, in which she and Mr. Wilson, the founder of Union Square Ventures, were interviewed by Anne-Marie Slaughter, president of New America Foundation.
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.
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.”
New mothers usually take at least some time off after delivering a baby, but dads are less likely to take leave. Advocates are pushing more dads to take paternity leave, and employers to offer it.