The Princeton scholar, a labor economist known for his early work on the minimum wage, was a Treasury official and the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
Claire Cain Miller“Economics is a social science, and Alan was someone who was really interested in the social part of it as well as the science part of it," said @BetseyStevenson. "He wanted to understand how people were doing, how people were feeling.”
Today’s ‘snowplow parents’ keep their children’s futures obstacle-free — even when it means crossing ethical and legal boundaries.
Claire Cain MillerSnowplow parents have it backward, @DeanJulie told us: “The point is to prepare the kid for the road, instead of preparing the road for the kid."
Claire Cain MillerHelicopter parenting is so 20th century. The new over-involved parents are snowplows: clearing every obstacle, frustration and potential disappointment from their children's path to success. w/ @Jonesieman
Dad shows up at your job interview. Mom makes your medical appointments. The college bribery scandal is an extreme example of a broader pattern.
Claire Cain MillerWhat the parents in the college bribery case did is extreme, privileged & illegal. But it's become the norm that parents should do all they can to help their adult children succeed. Parenting is more expensive, & still hands-on, when children are grown.
Claire Cain MillerThere are bigger forces behind this. It's become harder to be an adult & to be financially secure. And there are tons of benefits to families staying closer throughout their lives. Children care for parents too. But hands-on parenting no longer ends at 18
Nannies and housecleaners have some of the hardest, least secure jobs in the nation. Now they’re organizing to change that.
Claire Cain MillerBy 2030, care workers like nannies & health aides will be the biggest workforce in the U.S. "Change the way we value the labor of domestic workers, she is telling us, and we can upend our current hierarchy of privilege and power." @lehilgers on @aijenpoo
New data on women’s uncertainty over motherhood may reshape how doctors and policymakers think about family planning.
Claire Cain MillerNew data confirms what women have known: Whether you want to be pregnant isn't always clear-cut. Some don't feel it's permissible to want a baby at their stage of life. Some worry about their careers, and others about affording a baby. w/ @sangerkatz
Claire Cain MillerThis quote from a mother who wasn't sure has stuck with me:
“I didn’t not want to have her. I just didn’t want to not be able to give her everything that she needed.”
Stop blaming yourselves. Blame the total lack of social supports.
Claire Cain MillerAmerican mothers are the only women living in rich countries to have no state support when they have babies. They’re also the only ones to blame themselves when it’s stressful. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼@caitymcollins
Democratic congresswomen created a sea of the color, ensuring that neither President Trump nor the viewing public could overlook their message.
Claire Cain Miller"For anyone who has ever thought that the use of clothing as a political tool was frivolous or overstated, or groaned at yet another piece insisting that a woman in a white pantsuit was making a statement, there was no better riposte" @VVFriedman
Claire Cain MillerThis new paper finds that 35% of the recent decline in fertility is probably from a decline in unintended pregnancy. Which means that whatever the reasons that fewer women are deciding to have kids, they're exercising more control over their choice
Changing minds on vaccination is very difficult, but it isn’t so important when a law can change behavior.
Claire Cain MillerI live near the measles outbreak. It's worth looking again at CA's astonishingly effective policy. Up to 70% of kids there lived places w/out herd immunity. Two years later, <1% did. What happened? A law that students had to be vaccinated to go to school
A reader points out that there are relatively few women on the letters page of The New York Times. She’s right. The editors are determined to fix the problem, but they need your help.
Claire Cain MillerLetters to the editor at @nytimes are disproportionately written by men. But now, the paper has committed to publishing equal numbers of letters from men & women. So, women -- and anyone else who feels underrepresented in these pages -- please write in!!
Instead of a year, parents will get six months, a number that researchers say avoids the pitfalls of longer leaves.
Claire Cain MillerLoving the comments on this story from parents in other countries, explaining the benefits of 6 months or more of parental leave (normal there, rare here!) Also the comments from business owners sharing the creative ways they've made parental leave work
Tales of gender blasphemy from deep within the land of princes and princesses.
Claire Cain MillerYes! @vmbarbara_ on how oddly obsessed parents are w/ babies' gender,like bald baby girls wearing pink hair bows so they won't be mistaken for boys:"Why this would be such a bad thing doesn’t have to be explained—it’s understood that it would be a calamity"
A study gives educators insight into how to help American boys in general, pointing to the influence of social pressures.
Claire Cain MillerWe know that boys are doing worse than girls in school. But it's not true for Asian-American boys, at least until high school. The reasons give us clues about how to help all boys achieve. Step 1: Stop messaging that doing well at school is un-masculine
For many office workers, “working from home” has replaced a day spent recovering under the covers.
Claire Cain MillerIt's not just RBG. Office workers don't take sick days anymore -- instead they work from home. It's another aspect of always-on work culture that makes it very hard to be both an employee and a human
Newsom, the incoming governor, is expected to propose the longest state parental leave in the nation: six months.
Claire Cain MillerGavin Newsom wants to give new parents in California 6 months of paid leave. Though totally normal in other rich countries, it would be astonishing in the US. But would Americans ever agree to pay for it? w/ @jimtankersley & @adamnagourney
Motherhood is the most complex topic I have ever reported on. And yet it has been treated as niche and unimportant.
Claire Cain MillerThis is absolutely true. And deeply ignorant. “'We’re just not sure there’s enough of an audience for this kind of thing,' an editor said." (Despite the fact that, um, 86% of US women are mothers by the end of their childbearing years!!) @hillaryfrank"