Workplace Flexibility

The Sidebar: The Law of Drones and Relaxation

February 15, 2013
Rosa Brooks scrutinizes the leaked Justice Department memo that aims to provide legal rationale for the administration's drone program. Brigid Schulte introduces us to surprising research on how to be happier, healthier and more productive. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Ready or Not, Your Job Is Changing

  • By
  • Liza Mundy,
  • New America Foundation
February 5, 2013 |

 

In this unnerving job market, simply staying on the payroll can feel like completing an obstacle course blindfolded, backwards and in heels.  But experts say the challenges we face today are ones that woman are uniquely suited to overcome. Here, how to be an irresistible hire from now to 2023.

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Tearing Down the 'Electronic Cottage'

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
January 2, 2013 |

The early case for telecommuting—made most prominently by Alvin Toffler in his best-selling The Third Wave in 1980—had a strong romantic flavor to it. For futurists like Toffler, the home office would be an "electronic cottage” that might “glue the family together again,” provide “greater community stability,” and even trigger a “renaissance among voluntary organizations.” Forget about bowling alone: In Toffler's future, we'd all be telecommuting together! (Toffler, it must be said, was only popularizing ideas that had been aired many decades earlier.

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You Can Have It All... Once Your Kids Are in College

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
November 29, 2012 |

Anne-Marie Slaughter made a splash this summer with an article in the Atlantic called "Why Women Still Can't Have it All," chronicling her decision to leave a prestigious State Department job to spend more time with her teenage sons. This week, Slaughter published a short follow-up article on the foreign-policy impact of workplace policies that lead women to "opt out" -- and the factors that make many successful women unwilling to discuss these issues openly.

Practicing Balance

September 3, 2012

Work-life imbalance is a problem that has personal, national, and religious implications. Millions of Americans sense that they are rushing through life and that their work and non-work lives compete with one another.  Clergy and lay leaders are struggling with overwork.  Church members are looking for help. Practicing Balance demonstrates why congregational leaders should take work-life imbalance seriously. The issue gets in the way of spiritual development, church attendance, and member involvement.

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The Sidebar: The Politics of Mormonism and Wonder Women

June 27, 2012
Noam Scheiber and Liza Mundy discuss Anne Marie Slaughter's controversial Atlantic magazine cover story, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All", and explore facets of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormonism. Scheiber talks about one way Romney's Mormon background may have helped him financially this election, and Mundy explains how Romney's faith could impact his  policies affecting women -- if only he would address the subject. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts. 

New America NYC: Navigating the Pink Ghetto

June 19, 2012
At the “Navigating the Pink Ghetto” event, four established female journalists gathered to ask why “women’s issues” are often sidelined in mainstream media. In a discussion that covered gender, race, age, and class divisions; how men “bluster” in short, punchy op-eds while women practice “intellectual primping” in deeply researched feature articles; and where women and minorities get their authority, one of the most provocative questions of the night had to do with diction.
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The Sidebar: Bilingual Speakers and The Richer Sex

March 23, 2012
Liza Mundy discusses her new book, "The Richer Sex" and Maggie Severns talks about whether or not bilingual speakers are smarter. Pamela Chan hosts.

The Sidebar: Girl-Centered Poverty Reduction and Gender Equality

March 8, 2012

This week, host Pamela Chan talks with Schwartz Fellow Brigid Schulte and Global Assets Project Research Associate Nicole Tosh to mark International Women’s Day by discussing girl-centered poverty reduction programs and gender equality at work and at home.

Schulte, a staff writer for The Washington Post, is writing a book on the struggle of working mothers to manage the scarcest of all resources – time – in balancing work, family and their own well-being.

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