The United States is the only advanced country in the world without a national paid family leave policy.
While there’s growing bi-partisan support for paid family leave, there’s also significant disagreement over what policies should look like and questions about whether the federal government should even be involved in this issue, or if it should be left up to states or individual companies to voluntarily decide.
To better understand the debate around paid family leave—and to illustrate the value of discussion across differences—Emmy-Award winning broadcaster John Donvan will host a conversation between two people who hold opposing views on whether a federal paid family leave policy helps or hurts families.
Alieza Durana is a senior policy analyst in the Better Life Lab at New America, where she provides research, writing, editorial, and programmatic support. Her work focuses on barriers to social and income equity, especially at the intersection of housing, education, and family policy.
Karin Agness Lips is the Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), a national organization for conservative university women. She is also a contributor to Forbes and a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum.
This program was funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.