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

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 ...
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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Heymann shows how intergenerational poverty is perpetuated by outdated labor policies and suggests what must be done to help families.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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807004531
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • 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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Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
Can Working Families Ever Win? 3
Freedom and Opportunity 37
Limited Options 43
The Value of Care 50
The Place of Education 54
The Political Bind 60
Adding Gender and Work 66
Costs and Benefits 70
The Dismal Science 75
Strength in Numbers 81
Beyond Opportunity 87
The Right Time 91
Sharing the Burden 95
A New Vision 99
Affordable Policies 103
Policy Matters 111
Reply 119
Notes 129
About the Contributors 140
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