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Judith Warner Archives

Why We Need a Fair Shot

Single African American mother of two article icon Issue Brief The Center for American Progress’s Fair Shot campaign is a coordinated, comprehensive effort to fight for women and families in America.

by Judith Warner | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In

Judith Warner examines the “Opt-Out Revolution" of women who quit their lucrative jobs more than a decade ago to raise their children.

by Judith Warner | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Prince William’s Charming Choice to Take Leave

Judith Warner writes about how Prince William's recent decision to take paternity leave speaks to the larger discourse surrounding paid leave.

by Judith Warner | Friday, July 26, 2013

What People Really Think About Working Moms

Judith Warner writes about the findings of a recent Pew Research Center report and how American attitudes have evolved toward working parenthood.

by Judith Warner | Friday, May 31, 2013

When “Flex Time” Means Ripping Off Workers

Advocates of family-friendly workplace changes will have to confront the fact that “flexibility” is simply not a terribly useful term—it means too many things to too many people, and for a lot of people it means nothing at all.

by Judith Warner | Friday, May 3, 2013

Lessons Learned

Mother and child book_alt2 icon Report American society has consistently failed to adapt to the heightened demands placed upon its families and, in particular, on women.

by Judith Warner | Friday, April 26, 2013

Is There Really a ‘Boy Crisis’?

Judith Warner compares education attitudes and performance of young boys and girls.

by Judith Warner | Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Why Sandberg Matters for Real Women

Sheryl Sandberg’s message has a shot at bringing about a cultural change that would improve the lives of all women.

by Judith Warner | Thursday, March 7, 2013

What Betty Friedan Saw Coming

Judith Warner describes Betty Friedan's legacy and how the women's movement she talked about is only half-accomplished today.

by Judith Warner | Friday, February 15, 2013

Would More Women In The Senate Mean Less Gridlock?

Judith Warner discusses whether having more female senators would result in less conflict and partisan gridlock.

by Judith Warner | Friday, January 4, 2013

Sandy Hook Shooting: The Speculation About Adam Lanza Must Stop

The incontrovertible facts of the Lanza case are, for now, what we as a nation should be focusing on as we come to terms with the Newtown tragedy. All the rest is just talk.

by Judith Warner | Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Myth of the Ritalin-Popping American Teen

The danger of exaggerating the use of psychotropic medications by children and teens is that it denies both the seriousness and the reality of the conditions that drive parents, reluctantly, to seek help for their kids in the first place.

by Judith Warner | Friday, December 7, 2012

Viewpoint: Will Family Issues Finally Get Addressed?

The non-care of our children, the cruel burden of responsibility that now rests on the shoulders of individual mothers (and fathers, for that matter) is every bit as urgent and moral an issue as reproductive rights. And it is an absolutely central issue to the flourishing of our economy.

by Judith Warner | Friday, November 9, 2012

Judith Warner

Judith Warner is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. She is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a columnist for She was a 2012–2013 recipient of a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. She is best known for her New York Times bestseller, Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the […]

| Friday, November 9, 2012

Viewpoint: Will Family Issues Finally Get Addressed?

Women did a great deal for Democrats in this election. Their support cemented President Obama’s return to the White House and their disgust with Republican extremism maintained and strengthened the party’s Senate majority.

by Judith Warner | Friday, November 9, 2012