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
The Most Judged Woman in America

Wendy Davis did make a mistake. She thought that we were ready for a single mother.


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Daddy Track

It makes men more involved at home, women more involved at work, and workplaces friendlier for all parents.


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There’s Something About Mary

Let’s start with Mary Barra. Her appointment can be interpreted as Detroit waking up to the facts.


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Working Parents in High-Powered Jobs

The concept of "specialization" in families is having a renaissance.


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The 70-Year-Old Trophy Wife

When envisioning a gleaming, medically enhanced future in which things like implant technology, super-personalized medicine, and organ regen


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The Jetson Fallacy

Much longer lifespans could explode the nuclear family.


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Perfect is the Enemy of the Good Work-Life Balance

Twenty-one years ago, as she hurriedly pumped breast milk in a LaGuardia airport bathroom stall between flights,Debora Spar wryly reflected


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The Richer Sex

In The Richer Sex, Liza Mundy shows how this reality will transform the sexual, dating, marriage, and work habits of men and women worldwide


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Michelle

In Michelle, Liza Mundy paints an intimate portrait, taking us inside the marriage of the most dynamic couple in politics today.


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Everything Conceivable

Mundy looks at the phenomena created by assisted reproduction and their ramifications.