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

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


BETTER LIFE LAB
Innovating Women

There’s no denying that a necessary movement is underway to close the gender gap in the tech sector.


BETTER LIFE LAB and NEW AMERICA
A Conversation with Her Excellency Erna Solberg

New America is pleased to invite you to attend an event with Prime Minister Erna Solberg for a conversation on being a female head of state.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Sad Dads in the Empty Nest

The empty-nest transition is harder on fathers than conventional wisdom might have us believe. Men’s experience of this life passage has cha


BETTER LIFE LAB
NYC: Just in Time

The unpredictability of "Just in Time" scheduling has created unforeseen consequences that are hurting low income families.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Book review:

She belongs to a generation whose lives took place on both sides of a major American fault line.


BETTER LIFE LAB
The Obama Administration’s stealth plan to remake the workplace

Liza Mundy, director of the breadwinning and caregiving program at the New America Foundation, notes that the first piece of legislation Oba


BETTER LIFE LAB
The New Power Wives of Capitol Hill

Forget the insipid ladies lunching clichés. These women are outearning their husbands—Republicans too.


FUTURE TENSE
From Nowhere to Nobels

Women now hold more than half of all American jobs, but they still make up less than twenty-five percent of the science, technology, enginee


BETTER LIFE LAB
How Are Contemporary Notions of Success Impacting the American Family?

New America NYC hosted an examination of the ways that contemporary definitions of success are affecting our families and communities.


BETTER LIFE LAB
D.C. Is Debbie Dingell’s Town

Washington’s most powerful political wife is running for Congress. Why would she even want the job?


BETTER LIFE LAB
Paternity Leave: Why Men Don't Take It, But Should

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