Agenda for Shared Prosperity

Work and Family

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In two-thirds of families with children, both parents work outside the home, forced to juggle their family responsibilities with job duties and work hours that are often incompatible. Heidi Hartman proposes a broad-ranging program to support families that goes beyond pro-family rhetoric to real, concrete family friendly programs. Most other industrialized countries have adjusted labor policies to accommodate the influx of mothers into the workforce. Janet Gornick presents striking evidence on the gaping holes in U.S. policy by focusing on a range of family-friendly work policies found in other countries.


The Work-Family Balance: An Analysis of European, Japanese, and U.S. Work-Time Policies
by Janet C. Gornick, Alexandra Heron, and Ross Eisenbrey

An economy that puts families first: Expanding the social contract to include family care
by Heidi Hartmann, Ariane Hegewisch, and Vicky Lovell

Event transcript

May 24 event: Including presentations from Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Heidi Hartmann, and Janet Gornick. Read transcript [PDF]

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