Jennifer Ludden http://www.kplu.org en Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal http://www.kplu.org/post/outdated-tax-code-gives-some-working-spouses-bad-deal Women today are nearly half the workforce, and two-income couples are the norm. But the U.S. tax code? It's straight out of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044230/"><em>Ozzie and Harriet</em></a>.<p>When it comes to paying taxes, economists say, a lot of secondary wage-earners are getting a raw deal. It's called the marriage penalty.<p>"The system was never designed to penalize working spouses," says Melissa Kearney, director of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution. "It was just designed in a different era."<p>That era was 1948, when the U.S. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:06:24 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 15982 at http://www.kplu.org Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off http://www.kplu.org/post/when-planning-future-women-have-been-hands It's a truism in the financial industry that women need to get more out of their money than men since they live longer and make less, especially if they take time out to care for children or aging parents. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:48:01 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 15501 at http://www.kplu.org When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home http://www.kplu.org/post/efforts-close-achievement-gap-kids-start-home When Andrea Riquetti taught kindergarten in Providence, R.I., the disparity between more affluent students and those from poor families was painfully clear.<p>"We would read <em>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</em>," she says, "and I would ask them, 'What is this fruit?' And they would call all the fruits just 'fruits,' because they didn't have the specific name."<p>Two-thirds of Providence children entering kindergarten already fall short on state literacy tests. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:21:27 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 14958 at http://www.kplu.org Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials http://www.kplu.org/post/telework-not-just-moms-and-millennials Many people may think of a "remote worker" as a harried mom in her bathrobe or a 20-something at a coffee shop. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:55:37 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 14231 at http://www.kplu.org Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids? http://www.kplu.org/post/push-change-custody-laws-whats-best-kids Fathers today spend more time than ever with their kids, experiencing just as much stress as women in balancing work and family, <a href="http://www.familiesandwork.org/the-new-male-mystique/">if not more</a>. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:22:44 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 14117 at http://www.kplu.org Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids? Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It http://www.kplu.org/post/going-college-may-cost-you-so-will-skipping-it In America, total student loan debt tops $1 trillion and a four-year college degree can cost as much as a house — leaving many families wondering if college is really worth the cost.<p>Yes, a new study of young people finds. <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2014/02/SDT-higher-ed-FINAL-02-11-2014.pdf">The study, released Tuesday</a> by the Pew Research Center, looks at income and unemployment among young adults. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:55:26 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 13536 at http://www.kplu.org Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It Can Child Marriages Be Stopped? http://www.kplu.org/post/can-child-marriages-be-stopped Christina Asima seems tired for a 13-year-old. I meet the shy-mannered girl in the remote farming village of Chitera, in the southern African nation of Malawi. She wears a bright pink zip-up shirt and a blue print cloth wrapped up to her chest. Snuggled in that, hugging her side, is a chubby-cheeked baby boy.<p>My gut assumption is that the infant must be Christina's little brother. I know 8-month-old Praise is actually her son. Still, it's startling when, as we speak, she shifts him around front to nurse.<p>"I was 12 years old when I got married to my husband," she explains softly. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:45:59 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 11271 at http://www.kplu.org Can Child Marriages Be Stopped? Joblessness Shortens Life Expectancy For White Women http://www.kplu.org/post/joblessness-shortens-life-expectancy-white-women At a time when many people live longer, it's been a mystery why white women without a high school diploma have been dying increasingly earlier those with more education.<p>A <a href="http://hsb.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/05/30/0022146513491066.extract">study</a> in the June issue of the <em>Journal of Health and Social Behavior</em> tries to understand this growing mortality gap, and finds two key factors: smoking — already well known as detrimental to life expectancy — and, more surprising, unemployment.<p>The study used data the National Center for Health Statistics had collected on more Thu, 30 May 2013 20:09:03 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 8946 at http://www.kplu.org Joblessness Shortens Life Expectancy For White Women Alimony Till Death Do Us Part? Nay, Say Some Ex-Spouses http://www.kplu.org/post/alimony-till-death-do-us-part-nay-say-some-ex-spouses Alimony dates back centuries. The original idea was that once married, a man is responsible for a woman till death. But that notion has shifted in recent decades, as more women have jobs and their own money. Now, a number of states are considering laws to end lifetime alimony.<p>During his two-decade marriage, Tom Leustek's wife earned a Ph.D. and landed a job that paid as much as his. He's a college professor in New Jersey.<p>But she quit to start her own psychology practice, and her salary plummeted. Then they split. Tue, 28 May 2013 16:47:36 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 8904 at http://www.kplu.org Modern Parenthood: More Equal, More Stressed http://www.kplu.org/post/study-modern-parents-more-equal-more-stressed If you've ever had a spousal spat over who logs more time on housework, child care, or at the office, you might want to see how you stack up against other couples.<p><a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/03/14/modern-parenthood-roles-of-moms-and-dads-converge-as-they-balance-work-and-family/">A new survey by the Pew Research Center</a> finds fathers spend three times as many hours a week on child care, and twice as much on housework, as they did in the 1960s. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:44:24 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 7996 at http://www.kplu.org Modern Parenthood: More Equal, More Stressed Modern Parenthood: More Equal, More Stressed http://www.kplu.org/post/modern-parenthood-more-equal-more-stressed-0 If you've ever had a spousal spat over who logs more time on housework, child care, or at the office, you might want to see how you stack up against other couples.<p><a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/03/14/modern-parenthood-roles-of-moms-and-dads-converge-as-they-balance-work-and-family/">A new survey by the Pew Research Center</a> finds fathers spend three times as many hours a week on child care, and twice as much on housework, as they did in the 1960s. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:26:24 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 7997 at http://www.kplu.org Modern Parenthood: More Equal, More Stressed Buried in debt, young people find dreams elusive http://www.kplu.org/post/buried-debt-young-people-find-dreams-elusive Growing up near Philadelphia, Michelle Holshue's dream was to serve those in need. Applying to nursing school at the University of Pennsylvania seemed like a smart move — in 2007.<p>Nursing jobs were plentiful. The students' running joke was that hospital executives would soon be stopping them in the street, begging them to come to work.<strong> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:58:29 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 5453 at http://www.kplu.org Buried in debt, young people find dreams elusive Single dads by choice: More men going it alone http://www.kplu.org/post/single-dads-choice-more-men-going-it-alone B.J.<strong> </strong>Holt always wanted to be a dad. As he approached 40, with no life partner in sight, he felt a version of the ticking biological clock.<p>"The 'having the children thing' started to overwhelm the desire to have the relationship first," Holt says. "They sort of switched on me."<p>So Holt decided to go it alone. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:35:31 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 5320 at http://www.kplu.org Single dads by choice: More men going it alone