Breadwinning and Caregiving Program

Innovative solutions to help Americans succeed in their work and family commitments.

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A Closer Look at the "Toughest Job in the World"

A recent viral video called on people to value moms more – but it may have perpetuated some problematic stereotypes in the process. Liza Mundy, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Brigid Schulte and David Gray discuss.

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Is it Time to Lean Back?

Rosa Brooks joins Breadwinning & Caregiving Program Director Liza Mundy and Brigid Schulte for a podcast conversation about Brooks' recent "Lean In" rebellion, and what we're all misunderstanding about the work-life balance conversation.

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The Lace of Change

Katherine Zoepf investigates how the lingerie business is sparking a quiet revolution in Saudi Arabia.

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Breadwinner Bash

Liza Mundy explores why Texas Senator Wendy Davis is arguably the most judged woman in America.

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Father Goes Best

Liza Mundy reports on how paternity leave boosts economies, profits and women – and what happens when companies rely on maternity leave.

About This Program

We as a nation are at a pivotal moment in which the national conversation around work and family life has taken on renewed urgency and vigor.

Over the past decades, real advances have been made in terms of fairness and opportunity for women, yet equally real challenges remain as men and women struggle to form families and advance careers in a changing economy.

Changing Families

atlanticmundysamesex.jpgFamilies are being transformed by factors including altered marriage patterns, single parenthood, same-sex marriage, delayed childbearing, and an influx of women into the American workforce. Though it is changing, the American workplace has not — yet — fully transformed to accommodate the reality of two-earner households in which men and women both have responsibilities at home as well as needs and ambitions at work.

Meanwhile, our growing socioeconomic divide means many families are struggling to provide their children with the basic economic and emotional resources they need to grow and thrive. In some families, men are more involved than ever; in others, fathers, often as a result of low employment, are marginalized and uninvolved. Child care remains a struggle at all socioeconomic levels.

What We're Doing


The organization's mission is animated by the American ideal that each generation will live better than the last. With high-profile books and articles in major publications; in-depth policy papers; riveting events; and widespread alliances, the work-family program is helping reframe the conversation to reflect 21st century realities and challenges.



We aim to create a community engaged in issues that include work-family balance, improved access to child care, our changing definition of family, education gender imbalance, discrimination in the workplace, opportunities for female leadership, and the global context. The program seeks to create a public environment that's hospitable to change, through powerful writing and informed debate about careers and families, their strengths and their needs.


Articles and Op-Eds

March 10 | Politico Magazine
Liza Mundy
February 21 | The Washington Post
Brigid Schulte
February 20 | Politico Magazine
Liza Mundy
February 19 | The New Yorker
Katherine Zoepf
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Breadwinning and Caregiving Program Books

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The Richer Sex

Breadwinning and Caregiving Program Staff

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Director, Breadwinning and Caregiving Program

Liza Mundy is a journalist and book author who has written widely for...

In The Media

LISTEN: For Working Moms, Key To Balance May Lie In Elusive Leisure Time

Brigid Schulte discusses her new book, "Overwhelmed," in an interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross. 

WATCH: A Trove of Clinton Documents in Arkansas

On CNN, what we can learn from the newly exposed papers about the political power couple. 

READ: When Having it All Means Having it Later 

Andrew Sullivan's The Dish on why women like Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen could redefine the American career trajectory. 

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