The Opt-Out Myth

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"The Opt-Out Myth":
  Suggested Resources
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NOTE: These are partial lists. If you would like to add to this list, please email us your suggestions for additions or corrections. All resources are listed for information purposes only. Listing does not constitute endorsement by the Schuster Institute.

Organizations doing research on work, families, and public policy

The accompanying one-sentence descriptions are the organizations’ own.

  • Center for Work & Family, Carroll School of Management, Boston College
    • Since its founding in 1990, Boston College Center for Work & Family (CWF) has been a national leader in helping organizations create effective workplaces that support and develop healthy and productive employees.
  • Center for WorkLife Law
    • The Center for WorkLife Law is a research and advocacy center that seeks to eliminate employment discrimination against caregivers such as parents and adult children of aging parents.
    • Joan Williams, Director
  • Center for Work-Life Policy
    • The Center for Work-Life Policy (CWLP) undertakes research and works with employers to design, promote, and implement workplace policies that increase productivity and enhance personal/family well-being.
    • Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Founding President
  • Communities, Families, and Work Program, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University
    • With the goal of enhancing the well-being of working families, the Community, Families & Work Program conducts innovative and cutting-edge policy-oriented research into such topics as employed caregivers and alternative work schedules.¨                
    • Rosalind Chait Barnett, Research Director 
  • Council on Contemporary Families
    • Founded in 1996, with a membership consisting of national noted family researchers, mental health and social work practitioners, and clinicians, The Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the national conversation about what contemporary families need and how these needs can best be met.
  • Families and Work Institute 
    • Families and Work Institute is a nonprofit center dedicated to providing research for living in today’s changing workplace, changing family and changing community.
    • Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder
  • Institute for Health and Social Policy
    • The Institute was created to conduct and support world-class research into how social conditions impact on health and to lead programs designed to translate research findings into policies and programs on national and global scales that change the social conditions under which the worst off live.
    • Jody Heymann, Founding Director
  • Institute for Women’s Policy Research
    • The Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies.¨                 
    • Heidi Hartmann, Founding President
  • Maryland Population Research Center
    • The Center’s research focuses on four key areas: (a) family and fertility – including marriage, parenting and intergenerational relationships; (b) social and economic inequality; (c) health processes and aging; and (d) data and methods for population research.
  • MIT Workplace Center
    • The aim of the MIT Workplace Center is to build—in theory and in practice—a mutually supportive relationship between the performance of firms and the well being of employees, their families, and communities.
  • Sloan Work and Family Research Network, Boston College
    • The Sloan Work and Family Research Network is designed to support research and teaching, promote best practices at the workplace, and inform state policy on issues that affect the lives of working families and the places where they work.
  • Workplace Flexibility
    • Workplace Flexibility 2010, a campaign to support the development of a comprehensive national policy on workplace flexibility, is a research, outreach and consensus-building enterprise located at Georgetown University Law Center.
Organizations and blogs advocating for working mothers and working families
  • 9to5
    • 9to5, National Association of Working Women is a national, grassroots membership organization that strengthens women's ability to work for economic justice.
  • CLASP, Center for Law & Social Policy
    • The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national non-profit that works to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP’s mission is to improve the economic security, educational and workforce prospects, and family stability of low-income parents, children, and youth and to secure equal justice for all.
  • MomsRising.org
    • MomsRising has a goal of bringing millions of people, who all share a common concern about the need to build a more family-friendly America, together as a non-partisan force for 2008 and beyond.
  • Mothers & More
    • Mothers & More is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy. We address mothers’ needs as individuals and members of society, and promote the value of all the work mothers do.
  • Mothers Movement Online
    • Resources and reporting for mothers and others who think about social change.
  • MOTHERS (Mothers Ought to Have Equal Rights)
    • MOTHERS is a grassroots, diverse network of mothers, fathers, grandparents and other adults who are family caregivers coming together to promote the economic, social and political worth and importance of family child and dependent care and to improve the economic security of those who do caring work.
  • Multi-State Working Families Consortium
    • Ellen Bravo coordinates this network of state coalitions working for family-flexible policies.
  • National Association of Mothers Centers
    • The vision of the NAMC is to enable members to be effective in using their individual and collective knowledge and experience as catalysts for personal and societal change that benefit mothers and families.
  • National Partnership for Women & Families
    • The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.
  • NOW (National Organization for Women)
    • NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.
Other researchers and experts on work, families, bias, public policy, and related topics

If these academics’ or experts’ home pages list their areas of research, those are included.

  • Randy Albelda, Professor of Economics University of Massachusetts-Boston
    • Research interests include: Welfare reform, paid family leave policies, racial and gender divisions in occupations, the distribution of family income and earnings, and gender and race bias in radical theories of labor market segmentation
  • Lotte Bailyn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, Professor of Management Behavioral and Policy Sciences (BPS)
    • Research interests include the relationship between managerial practice and employees' lives; technical and managerial professionals; and such workplace innovations as telecommuting, flexible scheduling, family benefits, and work redesign.
  • Suzanne Bianchi, University of Maryland, Professor and Chair, Sociology, Center on Population, Gender, and Social Inequality
    • Research interests include time use, particularly time allocation of parents; gender equality; and family change and variation.
  • Heather Boushey, senior economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research
    • Research interests include current trends in the U.S. labor market and how social policies help or harm workers and their families.
  • Amy Cuddy,Senior Lecturer/Donald P. Jacobs Scholar in Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University  
  • Shelley Correll, Associate Professor of Sociology, Cornell University.
    • Research interests include: gender inequality and social psychology
  • Robert Drago, Pennsylvania State University, Professor of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations and Women's Studies.
    • Research interests include: the valuing of unpaid work for the family, and related policies. 
    • Note: maintains a listserv that sends out weekly notes about new research into work and family.
  • Kathleen Gerson, Professor, Department of Sociology, New York University
    • Research interests include “The Time Divide;” work, family, and social policy in a hurried age; children of the gender revolution: growing up in an age of work and family change; moral dilemmas, moral strategies, and the transformation of gender.
  • Jennifer Glass, Professor of Sociology, University of Iowa
    • Research interests include: work and family life, gender stratification, organizations, and mental health. She is currently researching the effects of family-responsive policies on mothers' earnings.
  • Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University  
  • Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science, Baruch College, CUNY
    • Research interests include: the effects of social policies on the economic well-being of families and on gender equality in the labor market.
  • Jerry A. Jacobs, Pennsylvania State University, Professor of Sociology
    • Research interests include: working time and work-family conflict; work and technological change among stock-brokers; gender and medical care; gender and medical education; gender and higher education; welfare reform.
  • Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History, Columbia University
    • Research interests include: the history of American labor and the comparative and interdisciplinary exploration of women and gender.
  • Phyllis Moen, McKnight Presidential Chair in Sociology, University of Minnesota
    • Research interests include: occupational careers, gender, families, and well-being over the life course, including the frequently obsolete social, cultural, and policy ecologies in which lives play out.
  • Barbara Reskin, professor of sociology, University of Washington.
    • Research interests include: stratification; sociology of work; sex, race, and ethnic inequality in work organizations.
  • Caryl Rivers, Professor of Journalism, Boston University
    • Media criticism; women, work, and family.
  • Jane Waldfogel, Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs, Columbia University
    • Research interests include: The impact of public policies on child and family well-being; comparative social welfare policy; child protective services and child welfare policy.