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New York City Leads the American Workforce Out of the Mad Men Era
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New York City Leads the American Workforce Out of the Mad Men Era

Carmel Martin argues that New York should capitalize on its workplace success and lead the country into the 21st century.

New York City, the city is not just world renowned for its bagels and baseball team, but also for being an international business capital and the center of the financial universe. As a country, we’re used to keeping an eye on New York to anticipate the next cultural trend or the latest innovation.

So it’s only natural that New York should seize the opportunity to lead American workplaces out of the Mad Men era and into the 21st century.

New York’s workforce, like the country’s, has shifted dramatically over the last few decades. Yet our workplace policies have not kept pace. While it used to be rare for mothers to work outside the home, today two-thirds of mothers are the breadwinners or co-breadwinners for their families. In New York state, women are the primary or co-breadwinner for 56% households and single mothers lead nearly nearly 300,000 families in New York City alone.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Daily Beast. Click here to view the full article.

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Carmel Martin

Distinguished Senior Fellow