The Widening Gap: Why America's Working Families Are in Jeopardy-And What Can Be Done about It
This impassioned and informed book is the first to describe how
government and industry have failed working families and what we
can do to get beyond this critical impasse. This hard-hitting book
draws on the first systematic national research on how the need to
meet family obligations is affecting working Americans of all
social classes and ethnic groups. What happens when kids get sick?
When an elderly parent is hospitalized? How do poor families cope
with work-family demands? Jody Heymann's research points to a
widening gap between working families and the health and
development of children. Outdated labor policy and practice must be
brought into the twenty-first century, argues Heymann. To do less
is to abandon the precepts of equal opportunity on which America is
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Jody Heymann, M.D., Ph.D., is a member of the faculty of Harvard University and Director of Policy for the Harvard University Center for Society and Health. She is the author of Equal Partners: A Physician's Call for a New Spirit of Medicine. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.