Can Working Families Ever Win?

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Jody Heymann, Joshua Cohen, Joel Rogers
Beacon Press, 2002 - Political Science - 141 pages
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Taking on the American belief that creating a better life for your children is simply a matter of working hard, Jody Heymann argues that poor parents don't have a fair chance. Because our nation fails to provide essential supports, it is impossible for parents to succeed at work while caring well for their children. Because they can't get ahead, the health and education of their children suffers in turn. These children go without minimal standards of preschool childcare or school-age care, which reduces their own potential to succeed.

Heymann shows how intergenerational poverty is perpetuated by outdated labor policies. She describes what must be done to help families.

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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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