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Times Have Changed For American Families. It’s Time For Policies To Change, Too.
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Times Have Changed For American Families. It’s Time For Policies To Change, Too.

Judith Warner writes on the increasing support for family-friendly policies in the United States.

Ten years ago, when I was reporting and writing my book, Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, the idea that there could be policy solutions for the stress and worry and overwhelmedness weighing down on American families was considered, by most people I encountered, to be ludicrous. Women I interviewed would literally laugh in my face at the mere suggestion. “Do you want the government raising your children?” they’d snort.

Times have changed.

Last year, 73 percent of Republicans, 87 percent of Independents, and 96 percent of Democrats said they thought it was important for Congress and the White House to devote attention to family-friendly policies.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Huffington Post. Click here to view the full article.

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Judith Warner

Senior Fellow

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