The Nation

on Mar 13, 2015 - 10:40 AM ET
Working from home

The dilemma is gut wrenching: you’re a new mother and you’ve just ended whatever amount of maternity leave, paid or unpaid, you were able to scrape together. Maybe you work at one of most generous companies, and got six paid months; maybe your employer doesn’t offer any paid leave, and you could only afford a few unpaid weeks away. Or perhaps you couldn’t afford...

Feminism, Working Conditions, Economy
on Mar 5, 2015 - 14:48 PM ET

Sheryl Sandberg has a new target demographic: men.

On Wednesday night, Lean In launched a new campaign called Lean In Together. While Sandberg’s original exhortation was for women not to “leave before they leave” their jobs even if they have or might have children, now the organization wants to support and promote “men leaning in for equality.”

Including men is essential if women are...

Feminism, Economic Policy, Economy
on Feb 18, 2015 - 17:02 PM ET
EBT sign

Last weekend, consumers all across America were buying their slice of the 2.2 billion pounds of chocolate that would be sold for Valentine’s Day. For those who make enough income to afford their basic necessities, that necessitates setting aside some of the money they would have normally spent on rent, clothes or regular groceries to buy candies. For the poor, that could mean using some of their meager food-stamp allocation to give a gift to their loved ones.

Government, Poverty, Economy
on Feb 2, 2015 - 16:42 PM ET
McDonald's "Pay With Lovin'" commercial

TV spectators of last night’s Super Bowl were treated to many slick, high-concept ads, but one probably stuck out to the millions of McDonald’s employees who were watching: the company’s spot trumpeting its new “pay with lovin’” campaign. The company is rolling out a new way to bribe customer loyalty amid...

Business, Working Conditions
on Jan 23, 2015 - 15:23 PM ET
Woman and son at employment office

It’s a war. It’s playing favorites. It’s harmful and divisive....

on Jan 21, 2015 - 14:59 PM ET
President Obama

In 1970, President Nixon was poised to sign into law bipartisan legislation passed by both houses of Congress that would have addressed one of the biggest unfinished fights from the women’s liberation movement: universal childcare. He was in favor of it, too, until his adviser Pat Buchanan convinced him to veto it. Veto it he did, with such scathing force that the issue all but disappeared from the political radar for decades.

Until last night’s State...

Barack Obama, Feminism, Economy