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ADVISORY: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Joins Experts to Discuss Men, Fathers, and Work-Family Balance
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Joins Experts to Discuss Men, Fathers, and Work-Family Balance

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, February 4, the Center for American Progress will host an event on work-family balance issues for men and fathers, where panelists will discuss the research that has been done on men’s work-family conflict and outline policies that would create a more equitable and better-balanced work-life experience for all American workers. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest will lead the event with a moderated conversation with CAP’s Daniella Gibbs Léger.

Work-family balance issues and labor protections—such as paid family leave, paid sick days, and flexibility arrangements—are often framed as issues that pertain primarily if not solely to women. Research has also focused on women’s and mothers’ wage penalties, confidence gaps, and mommy tracks. But work-family balance issues are family issues that affect men as well as women. As most families currently face a reality where all parents must work—and as new norms around fatherhood, male caregiving, and equitable partnerships grow—more men than ever before report experiencing conflicts between their work and home lives.

Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #CAPFamilies.


Moderated conversation:
Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary
Daniella Gibbs Léger, Senior Vice President, Communications and Strategy, Center for American Progress

Featured panel:
Kathryn Edin, Distinguished Bloomberg Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University; co-author, Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City
Loren Harris, Director, Family Economic Security, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Erin Rehel, Consultant, Advisory Board Company

Moderated by:
Sarah Jane Glynn, Director, Women’s Economic Policy, Center for American Progress


Wednesday, February 4, 2015
12:00 p.m. ET – 1:30 p.m. ET
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
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Click here to RSVP.

Space is extremely limited. RSVP required.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.

For more information, contact Chelsea Kiene at 202.478.5328 or [email protected].