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.

Where's Your Daddy?

New America
Breadwinning & Caregiving

Why should we worry about the lack of paternity leave policies around the world? And how do we bridge the gap between progressive policy and slowly changing global culture that too often continues to malign the man who takes leave?

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Where's Your Daddy?

EVENT January 28, 2015 12:15 pm– 3:00 pm

Wednesday January 28, 2015

12:15 pm – 3:00 pm


[u'New America', u'1899 L Street NW Suite 400', u'Washington, DC 20036']

Why should we worry about the lack of paternity leave policies around the world? And how do we bridge the gap between progressive policy and slowly changing global culture that too often continues to malign the man who takes leave?

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

The Obama Administration’s stealth plan to remake the workplace

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