Can Working Families Ever Win?: A New Democracy Forum on Helping Parents Succeed at Work and Caregiving

Can Working Families Ever Win?: A New Democracy Forum on Helping Parents Succeed at Work and Caregiving

by Jody Heymann
     
 
Jody Heymann takes on the American belief that creating a better life for your children is simply a matter of working hard. She argues that poor parents don't have a fair chance. Because our nation fails to provide essential supports, it is virtually impossible for these individuals to succeed at work while caring well for their children. Because of the twin demands

Overview

Jody Heymann takes on the American belief that creating a better life for your children is simply a matter of working hard. She argues that poor parents don't have a fair chance. Because our nation fails to provide essential supports, it is virtually impossible for these individuals to succeed at work while caring well for their children. Because of the twin demands of work and family that poor parents face, the health and education of their children suffer. These kids often lack adequate preschool childcare or school-age care, which reduces their own potential to succeed.

Heymann shows how intergenerational poverty is perpetuated by outdated labor policies and suggests what must be done to help families. A wide range of thinkers respond.

The New Democracy Forum is a series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns.

"A civic treasure. . . . A truly good idea, carried out with intelligence and panache." —Robert Pinsky

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Robert Pinsky
The New Democracy Forum series is a civic treasure. . . . A truly good idea, carried out with intelligence and panache.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807004531
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
New Democracy Forum Series
Edition description:
None
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

A frequent media commentator on issues of family and work, Jody Heymann, M.D., Ph.D., is founder and director of the Project on Global Working Families at Harvard University and author of The Widening Gap. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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