Liza Mundy

Senior Fellow, Better Life Lab

Liza Mundy is a senior fellow at New America, and the former director of the organization’s Breadwinning and Caregiving program. She is currently working on a book about female code breakers during World War II.

Liza is a journalist and book author who writes widely for publications including the Atlantic, Politico, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and the Guardian. She is a former staff writer for the Washington Post, where her work won a number of awards. Her 2012 book, The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love and Family (Simon and Schuster), was named one of the top non-fiction books of 2012 by the Washington Post, and a noteworthy book by the New York Times Book Review. Her 2008 book, Michelle (Simon and Schuster), a biography of First Lady Michelle Obama, was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into 16 languages. Her 2007 book, Everything Conceivable (Knopf), received the 2008 Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers as the best book on a science topic written for a general audience. She has appeared on The Colbert Report, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, CNN, C-Span, Fox News, Democracy Now, Bloggingheads TV, the Leonard Lopate Show, National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, the Diane Rehm Show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, On Point, and numerous other television and radio shows.

Liza has an AB from Princeton University and an MA in English literature from the University of Virginia. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two children. At various points she has worked full-time, part-time, all-night, at home, in the office, remotely, in person, on trains, in the car, alone, with other people, in dangerous places, under duress, and while simultaneously making dinner.

All Work

ASSET BUILDING, BETTER LIFE LAB and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Strengthening Ties

The first report from New America's Family-Centered Social Policy Initiative examines how policies are working against families.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Nora Pouillon’s Memoir Reminds Us How Rotten DC Food Used to Be

Pouillon’s spare, clearly written memoir is built around two complementary narratives. One involves the culinary journey of a country where


ASSET BUILDING, BETTER LIFE LAB, EDUCATION POLICY and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Families and the Future of Social Policy

Join us for an extended discussion of key social policy provisions in the President’s 2016 Budget.


BETTER LIFE LAB
The Future of Elder Care

Join New America and Caring Across America for a candid conversation about the challenges facing our aging population.


BETTER LIFE LAB
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 conne


BETTER LIFE LAB
Women can't end sexism in the workplace just by showing up

Judging by the outrageous sexism recounted in Mundy’s article and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s book last year that included her treatment by


BETTER LIFE LAB
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 th


BETTER LIFE LAB
The Secret History of Women in the Senate

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 ne


BETTER LIFE LAB
SCOTUS hears pregnancy discrimination case

Can an employer fire a pregnant employee if he or she feels the worker cannot complete her job duties? The Supreme Court could soon rule on


BETTER LIFE LAB
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,


NEW AMERICA
Hacking Diversity in Tech and Beyond

The tech industry now admits it has a woman problem. On this episode, fresh ideas for how to address that issue across the tech sector.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Facebook, Apple offer to pay workers to freeze their eggs

Katherine Taylor, lawyer and bioethicist, and journalist Liz Mundy join Andrea Mitchell to discuss Facebook’s and Apple’s announcement that