Last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told struggling Wisconsin dairy farmers, “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out.” In response, Jerry Volenec, a fifth-generation dairy farmer, told the Associated Press, “What I heard today from the Secretary of Agriculture is that there’s no place for me.” At the heart of Perdue’s

The Democratic presidential candidates have elevated a host of big ideas this primary cycle and, in doing so, have challenged decades of conventional wisdom in US policymaking. As press and pundits warn of an imminent recession, it is time for them to take on flawed assumptions that have guided the mismanagement of our macroeconomy for

Roosevelt Fellow Andrea Flynn talked to the US News and World report about Roosevelt’s recent polling showing 83 percent percent of Americans, including 85 percent of independents and 67 percent of Republicans, want employers to provide their employees with paid family and sick leave. “American workers and families are just ready for it.” The article

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Women and Families

Today in America and across the globe, women’s equality remains an aspiration, not a reality. Much has been accomplished since the World Conference on Women held in Beijing twenty years ago. But much also remains to be done. In the U.S., women struggle to achieve parity and balance work and family life due to workplace

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After Marco Rubio became the first Republican candidate to release a proposal for paid family leave, Roosevelt’s Andrea Flynn took a deeper dive to analyze its impact. After using recent Roosevelt polling, which showed 83% percent of Americans, including 85% of independents and 67% of Republicans, favor paid leave, she concludes that Rubio’s plan and other GOP

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On September 17, 2015, the Roosevelt Institute and Ford Foundation hosted a launch for the book Women and Girls Rising: Progress and resistance around the world. With a keynote by Shahra Razavi of UN Women, the event also celebrated of the 20th anniversary of the historic UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. The

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After the second GOP Debate and amid continued attacks from Congressional Republicans, Roosevelt’s Andrea Flynn wrote in The Atlantic about why funding Planned Parenthood is critical for millions of women across the country. She argues that without Planned Parenthood many women in states all over the country would lose access to basic health care and

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Roosevelt Fellow Andrea Flynn recently wrote a piece for Cosmopolitan arguing it’s time for politicians of both parties to start treating access to reproductive health services as an economic security issue, not just a social issue. Reproductive health access and economic security are two sides of the same coin. She looks at a new Report

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In The New Republic, Roosevelt’s Andrea Flynn looks at the past positions of Carly Fiorina and what they could mean for American women and families. She concludes that  Carly Fiorina is really a Trojan Horse in the GOP’s war on women and if she were to become President in 2017 she would do real damage

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“It is essential that we create a new normal―in our homes, in our nations, and in this United States―and that is what the dedicated and talented women and men whose voices are represented in this book are doing every day. The book is a treasure because it tells their stories.” – Gloria Steinem, author, lecturer, editor,

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