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 Old Boys Club and the Failure of Peacekeeping

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in the news | February 26, 2015 | Breadwinning & Caregiving

COULD PATERNITY LEAVE POLICIES CLOSE THE WAGE GAP?

Mundy, director of the Breadwinning & Caregiving Program at New America, says that paternity leave doesn't just allow men more time to connect with their child, it also helps advance women by dividing family responsibilities at an early, crucial time, which leads to a more gender-balanced system. "Paternity leave resets the division of labor in the households, gives men a chance to get involved very early on in a way that often becomes permanent, and actually frees up women to work more," says Mundy. "It also can spread the stigma around so that women don't get singled out for being the potential problem hires or problem employees. If everybody—male or female—is asking for leave or taking leave that they already qualify for, I think it just levels the playing field for how men or women are looked at in the office."

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in the news | February 17, 2015 | Breadwinning & Caregiving

What the media gets wrong about the brides of ISIS

Reports describe many motivations for female foreign fighters — highlighting factors that can be traced back to a woman's sexuality, domesticity or sanity rather than her political agency. The Islamic State appeals to women, some reports say, because it offers them a life of adventure, purpose, and access to devout, strong Muslim husbands. Women find the idea of raising a Muslim family in an Islamic state alluring, particularly surrounded by a strong sisterhood of like minded women, which they can see via their colorful social media accounts. But beyond these gendered factors, women may also join ISIS or al-Nusra because they are passionate ideologues, determined to fight for an organization that promises a return to a golden Islamic era where Muslim people thrived.

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in the news | February 06, 2015 | Breadwinning & Caregiving

Debating U.S. Foreign Policy: Where are the Women?

“I do think there’s this sense [among women that what they send to editors] has got to be really, really good, and honestly there’s a point when the best is the enemy of the ho good,” added moderator and New America president Anne-Marie Slaughter, the director of policy planning at the State Department from 2009-11. Suzanne DiMaggio added “Those who say that they make an effort to include women but cannot find any are pushing a load of BS.”

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in the news | January 29, 2015 | Breadwinning & Caregiving

Parental Leave Could be for Dad, Too

Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of the New America Foundation, said offering paternity leave would mean more workplace equality for women and have long-term benefits for children. When men take time off work after having a child, they and the mother are more equal partners than when only the mother stays home, Slaughter, whose husband stayed home with her and their son for four months, said. “I would argue in some ways that he was more competent,” Slaughter said.

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in the news | January 07, 2015 | Breadwinning & Caregiving

What’s 80% White, 80% Male and 92% Christian? Welcome to the 114th Congress!

But it is Liza Mundy’s article “The Secret History of Women in the Senate” that positively makes my teeth hurt. “In the entire history of the United States Senate, a mere 44 women have served. Ever. Those few who have were elected to a club they were never meant to join, and their history in the chamber is marked by sexism both spectacular and small.” That is one pathetic statistic.

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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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