Family & Society

Gender roles are formed and reinforced from earliest childhood through family relations, social and cultural strictures and norms. Today, family structures are shifting as nuclear and extended families undergo transformations due to economic and societal changes. The traditional archetype of one father and one mother plus children reflects only 25 percent of families in the U.S. Parental roles are also evolving as single-parent, same-sex couples and adoptive parents become increasingly common. Laws and employment policies are gradually reflecting these changes but more effort needs to be focused on providing family-friendly support from affordable, accessible, quality child and elder care to flexible work arrangements.

Historic Meeting of Survivor-Activists on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

On March 11-12, 2010, the Ms. Foundation for Women had the honor of convening an inspiring meeting on survivor-led activism on child sexual abuse prevention. In what was one of the first times survivors have been brought together to discuss child sexual abuse prevention in a social justice context, twelve activists discussed successes, challenges, and historic moments in their field. They established exciting shared visions and first steps for realizing them in this growing social justice movement.

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U.S. Birth Rate Decline Linked to Recession

Birth rates in the United States began to decline in 2008 after rising to their highest level in two decades, and the decrease appears to be linked to the recession, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of state fertility and economic data.

The analysis suggests that the falloff in fertility coincides with deteriorating economic conditions. There is a strong association between the magnitude of fertility change in 2008 across states and key economic indicators including changes in per capita income, housing prices and share of the working-age population that is employed across states.

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http://pewsocialtrends.org/pubs/753/american-birth-rate-decline-linked-to-recession#prc-jump

The Economics of Workplace Flexibility (2010)

As part of the White House Forum for Workplace Flexibility, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report presenting an economic perspective on flexible workplace policies and practices.
 
Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility (pdf) highlights changes in American society over the past half century, including the increased number of women entering the labor force, the prevalence of families where all adults work, increasing eldercare responsibilities, and the rising importance of continuing education. These changes are among those that have increased the need for flexibility in the workplace.

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http://www.whitehouse.gov/files/documents/100331-cea-economics-workplace-flexibility.pdf

Uncommon Height Awards Gala

Date/Time: 
06/10/2010

The Uncommon Height Gala is always celebrated in honor of Dr. Dorothy Height's birthday. This year she celebrates 98 years.

Location: The Hilton Washington Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, DC

*Ticket cost is $250.00.

Gala proceeds strengthen NCNW's capacity to meet critical needs in the empowerment of women and their families.

 

 

The Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict: The Poor, the Professionals, and the Missing Middle

Work-family conflict is much higher in the United States than elsewhere in the developed world.  Not only do American families work longer hours; they do so with fewer laws to support working families. Only the United States lacks paid maternity-leave laws among the 30 industrialized democracies in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The only family leave available to Americans is unpaid, limited to three months, and covers only about half the labor force. Discrimination against workers
with family responsibilities, illegal throughout Europe,11 is forbidden only indirectly here.  Americans also lack paid sick days, limits on mandatory overtime, the right to request work-time flexibility without retaliation, and proportional wages for part-time work.

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http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/01/pdf/threefaces.pdf

Dr. Susan Wicklund: The Perils of Providing Abortions

Just one month after the death of Dr. George Tiller, the Center for Reproductive Rights released a chilling report that shows abortion providers and their clinics are under siege. A four-month investigation in six states revealed that death threats, break ins, and assaults continue to impede women's access to clinics. Rather than use Tiller's death to make the case that doctors and their patients should be protected, the federal government has done very little. So how should those who believe in a woman's right to have an abortion respond?

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Cecile Richards on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, speaks with MSNBC's Chris Matthews about the Stupak-Pitts amendment which would comprise the most severe limitation on a woman's right to access safe and legal abortion care in a generation.

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