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A national policy on shares for the working middle class

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By Joseph Blasi Mar 13, 2019 Strengthening the working middle class is impossible without a system that ensures more workers own capital. And the only plausible way to get capital in the hands of America’s workers is to strongly encourage broad-based profit sharing plans or employee share ownership programs at every workplace in the country. […]

A beginning and an end

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By Lauren Ford, Biden Foundation Fellow for Higher Education In December 2017, I was forwarded a job description through an acquaintance who thought that it might be the perfect opportunity for me. The position was to be a fellow at the Biden Foundation in Washington, D.C. I lived in California, was just establishing myself as […]

Apprenticeships make our nation stronger

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By Jennifer Boykin Mar 6, 2019 In today’s economy, many workers know they need to better their skills to move up in the workplace, but have trouble juggling the pressures of parenthood and school — all while working to earn a paycheck. Elise Feldt knows this as well as anyone. When Elise was 24 years old, she […]

When women succeed, their communities succeed

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By Dr. Jill Biden Mar 1, 2019 Note: On Wednesday, February 20, Dr. Jill Biden delivered remarks in the plenary session of the Achieving the Dream’s 2019 DREAM Conference in Long Beach, California. She spoke about the economic opportunity community colleges offer to students, and announced a new initiative supported by Achieving the Dream and the […]

Notes from the field: Working together to create a better community for all

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By Ali Munshi, Heart of the Valley YMCA This past summer, the Reston Pride Festival was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Northern Virginia and was bursting at the seams with rainbows, Pride flags and all things LGBTQ-friendly. There were couples, families and friendly faces of all ages squeezing past each other to gather […]

Changing policy to change the face of tech

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by Reshma Saujani Feb 21, 2019 In the United States, a software engineer can expect to make about $106,000a year. That means at any given company, someone with a background in computer science can expect to make more than double the $44,000 salary of the average American worker. These are the kinds of jobs that can lift entire […]

A letter to my son

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By Deborah Munn Note: This blog post is a letter from Deborah to her son Charlie, one of two men denied service at Masterpiece Cakeshop. Deborah, who works in human resources, lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and has been a volunteer advocate for more than 40 years for religious freedom, wildlife, civil rights, and equal rights. She is […]

Racial equality is economic equality

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By Darrick Hamilton Feb 14, 2019 Just over 75 years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1944 State of the Union address introduced the idea of an Economic Bill of Rights. Roosevelt’s call for “physical security… economic security, social security, and moral security” did not envision a public takeover of the American economy, but instead a […]

A persistent gap in equal pay for equal work

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The Biden Forum Highlight is a series of quick reads on the middle class. Each week, editors at the Biden Forum will highlight a key insight from new economic research and break down what it means for middle-class Americans. What should we highlight next? Email your questions or recommendations to [email protected] The salary gap between women […]

U.S. life expectancy is declining

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The Biden Forum Highlight is a series of quick reads on the middle class. Each week, editors at the Biden Forum will highlight a key insight from new economic research and break down what it means for middle-class Americans. What should we highlight next? Email your questions or recommendations to [email protected] A century ago, the life […]