While polls show that 80 percent of Americans believe it is still possible to work your way up from poverty to wealth, in fact the American ideal of opportunity for all is at a crossroads. Class mobility is at an all-time low, racial and gender wage gaps are through the roof, and unequal access to health care threatens the health and economic security of millions of Americans. Yet we have it in our power to expand opportunity for everyone in our country. This and other critical ideas about the state of opportunity are documented in All Things Being Equal, the first book from The Opportunity Agenda, an important new voice for reform and improvement across the social spectrum.
Half critique, half road-map-for-the-future, All Things Being Equal includes eight original essays by top-notch thinkers pointing to areas in American life where opportunity is missing and showing us how to instigate it. Please join the Center for American Progress for a provocative discussion around the themes of this groundbreaking book.
Jared Bernstein, Senior Economist at Economic Policy Institute; co-editor, All Things Being Equal
Brian Smedley, Research Director and a co-founder, The Opportunity Agenda; co-editor, All Things Being Equal
Margery Turner, Director, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center, The Urban Institute; contributor, All Things Being Equal
Cassandra Butts, Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy, Center for American Progress