Monica Potts

New America Fellow

Monica Potts was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow. She will write a book about the dilemmas facing poor women and explore the idea of a second-chance society. Previously, Potts spent four years at The American Prospect magazine, covering poverty and economic opportunity in the United States. She won a Sidney award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation in 2012, a David Pike Award for covering homelessness in 2013, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for 2013. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and has a M.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

All Work

Finally, Home Care Workers Start Fighting Back

Historically, and today, how well a home care worker is treated depends entirely on the employer. Now, that’s finally changing.

The Future of Cities

Today, for the first time in human history, the majority of us live in urban areas. Is the 21st century is the era of the city?

The Gender-Pay Gap: It’s Real, and Yes, It’s Sexism

One big but little appreciated reason for our rampant inequality: Half the workforce is routinely treated with grotesque unfairness.

The U.S. Is Losing a Generation to Poverty

OK, the official poverty rate declined this week. But it’s worth remembering that millions who aren’t officially in poverty are still poor.

Congress Unites to Screw the Hungry

A new government report shows that millions of Americans are struggling to afford enough food. So why are Democrats and the GOP gutting food

Government Has Failed the Mentally Ill

Americans suffering from mental illness often have trouble finding good treatment they can afford, in large part due to cuts to needed gover

The Big, Long, 30-Year Conservative Lie

Inequality, conservatives insist, is natural. Trying to combat it will slow growth. Well, guess who now says otherwise? Standard and Poor’s.