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CEPR conducts research and recommends policy solutions on a range of issues affecting women, including maternity/paid leave, health care, Social Security, childcare and work/life balance.


The Economic Importance of Women’s Rising Hours of Work: Time to Update Employment Standards

April 2014, Eileen Appelbaum, Heather Boushey, and John Schmitt

Good for Business? Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave Law

March 2014, Eileen Appelbaum, Ruth Milkman, Luke Elliott, and Teresa Kroeger

Expanding Federal Family and Medical Leave Coverage: Who Benefits from Changes in Eligibility Requirements?

February 5, 2014, Helene Jorgensen and Eileen Appelbaum

Married … Without Means

November 2012, Shawn Fremstad

Awareness of California’s Paid Family Leave Program Remains Limited, Especially Among Those Who Would Benefit From It Most

November 2011, Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman*

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Labor Market Research Reports, April 7 – April 18, 2014

America’s Invisible—and Very Diverse—Working Class

The New York Times and the Persistence of Bigotry Against Single Mothers in 2014

Robert Samuelson Blames “Failure” of War on Poverty on Women’s and Latino’s Insufficient Focus on Self-Improvement

#ShriverReport: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink

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Op-Eds & Columns

Mother's Day Is Different This Year

Eileen Appelbaum
The Huffington Post, May 7, 2013

The GOP Ploy to Win Over Working Moms Falls Flat

Eileen Appelbaum
Economic Intelligence (U.S. News & World Report), May 1, 2013

Working Families Flexibility Act Undermines 40-Hour Workweek

Eileen Appelbaum
Congress Blog (The Hill), April 8, 2013

Business Attitudes Toward Paid Sick Leave Are Changing

Eileen Appelbaum
Economic Intelligence (U.S. News & World Report), March 6, 2013

After 20 Years It’s Time for Paid FMLA

Eileen Appelbaum
Economic Intelligence (U.S. News & World Report), February 4, 2013

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Improving Tax Credits for New Mothers and Reducing Marriage Penalties for Low-Income Americans

National Summit on Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave: Turning Research Into Action

The Crisis of Care Labor and Family Leave Policies

How Does the Global Economy Impact WIC?

Briefing on Maternal and Child Health Policy

Paid Family Leave Research and Its Implications for Action

Women's Job Loss in the Recession and Recovery: Why are Men Gaining More Jobs than Women?

Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California

California's Experience with Paid Family Leave: Implications for New Jersey

Webinar on California's Paid Family Leave Insurance Program

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Press Releases

The Last Three Decades of Women’s Rising Hours of Work Added $1.7 Trillion to GDP in 2012

April 15, 2014

New Report Confirms Connecticut Business Owners’ Positive Experience with Nation’s 1st Paid Sick Days Law

March 6, 2014

Expanding FMLA Coverage Could Increase Access to More Than 8 Million Workers

CEPR Work and Family Briefings
Audio files and PowerPoint presentations of five Congressional briefings on work/life issues (June - October 2006).

CEPR Economics Seminar Series
Audio and video files of ten CEPR lectures on economic issues

Life, Work and Debt for Generations X and Y
Presentation by Heather Boushey at the New America Foundation, July 27, 2006 (includes video and audio)


Bridging the Gaps
CEPR is teaming up with state and national groups to document the persistent gaps between low-income working families' basic needs and the resources available to them.

Flat World, Big Gaps

Flat World, Big Gaps:
Economic Liberalization, Globalization, Poverty And Inequality>
with a chapter by Mark Weisbrot, Dean Baker, and David Rosnick, and a chapter co-authored by Heather Boushey
(forthcoming in May 2007)

Inequality Matters

Inequality Matters:
The Growing Economic Divide in America and Its Poisonous Consequences

with chapter co-authored by Heather Boushey



CNNMoney.com: Moms Rise Up, Fight for Workplace Rights
January 11, 2007




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