by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 was inspired by the desire to help mothers manage working and family emergencies. Like many well-intentioned laws, the FMLA has been plagued by unintended consequences and expensive abuses, especially costly for small businesses. Like many bureaucratic programs, it has been abused by people who are savvy enough to scam the rules. Free negotiation by workers and firms potentially could provide a superior solution to the problems the FMLA was supposed to solve.

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Older women who have chosen since their early years to forgo lifelong relationships in pursuit of casual, non- commital sex are actually writing about it, and quite explicitly at that! Wisdom did not come with age for these grandmas, who still haven’t figured out that they made the wrong decision long ago.

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The Legacy and Future of Feminism Conference

Harvard University, April 11, 2008

Opening statement by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

The subject of this panel is “Bringing Home and Frying up the Bacon: Home versus Work.” I am here to say that women have been poorly served by the way work and home balance has been framed. The trend of increasing educational attainment and labor force participation of married women began at the turn of the twentieth century, well before the modern feminist movement. The 1960-style feminism assigned a particular meaning to these trends and drove them into a very specific channel. In my view, this direction has been almost entirely destructive.

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

(Originally published on Mercator Net, June 11, 2007)

The title of Patricia Morgan’s new book, The War Between the State and the Family, is fighting talk. But the British sociologist has a lot of evidence on her side when she alleges that modern governments are engaged in “systematic discrimination against (married) couples in the tax and benefit system.” (62) In the words of her subtitle, she aims to show “How Government Divides and Impoverishes” the family.

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A Duel in the Mommy Wars

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

This article was first published at Townhall.com on March 6, 2006.

In this week’s article, I challenge retired law professor Linda Hirshman to debate the proposition, “An educated, competent adult’s place is in the office.” Good Morning America gave this woman two days to make her case. I will debate her any time, any place. If any of you belong to organizations or attend universities that might like to host a debate, contact my office. In the meantime, enjoy the column!

Dr J

Good Morning America recently gave two days to “The Mommy Wars.” highlighting a feminist named Linda Hirshman, a retired law professor. Her argument is that “choice feminism” has been a failure, because too many of the younger generation of highly educated, promising women have chosen to stay home with their children. I reply: “Out of Touch Feminism” has been a failure. These self-appointed spokeswomen for American womanhood have no idea what makes women tick, and have contempt for what real women actually want.

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