Rethinking Policies for the Demands of Modern American Families

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In 1960, 73 percent of children were raised in married-couple households, according to the Pew Research Center.  By 2014, less than half were. But New America president Anne-Marie Slaughter and Family Story co-director Mia Birdsong argue that the United States has stuck with outdated policies aimed toward two-parent households.  We speak with Slaughter and Birdsong about policy changes that can help meet the demands of today’s families.

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Mia Birdsong is a Program Fellow with the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America and was a 2016 New America CA fellow. She is a Senior Fellow at the Economic Security Project. Previously she served as Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative and as co-director of Family Story.

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of New America, a think ​and action ​tank dedicated to renewing America in the Digital Age.