Family & Society

Gender roles are formed and reinforced from earliest childhood through family relations, social and cultural strictures and norms. Today, family structures are shifting as nuclear and extended families undergo transformations due to economic and societal changes. The traditional archetype of one father and one mother plus children reflects only 25 percent of families in the U.S. Parental roles are also evolving as single-parent, same-sex couples and adoptive parents become increasingly common. Laws and employment policies are gradually reflecting these changes but more effort needs to be focused on providing family-friendly support from affordable, accessible, quality child and elder care to flexible work arrangements.

Statement of Cecile Richards, President of PPFA on the Executive Order of the President on Abortion and Health Care Reform

"We regret that a pro-choice president of a pro-choice nation was forced to sign an Executive Order that further codifies the proposed anti-choice language in the health care reform bill, originally proposed by Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska.  What the president’s Executive Order did not do is include the complete and total ban on private health insurance coverage for abortion that Congressman Bart Stupak (D–MI) had insisted upon. So while we regret that this proposed Executive Order has given the imprimatur of the president to Senator Nelson’s language, we are grateful that it does not include the Stupak abortion ban." 




Statement of Cecile Richards, President of PPFA, on House Passing Historic Health Care Reform Bill

“Today is a truly historic day for the American people who have long demanded affordable, quality health care coverage.

The Celebrating Women Breakfast


The Celebrating Women® Breakfast is the signature event of The New York Women’s Foundation®. It brings together over 2,000 individuals to celebrate the contributions of extraordinary women while raising millions of dollars for the collective effort to eradicate poverty and make New York City a more just and equitable place to live, work and play.

Location: New York Hilton

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An advocate of women’s issues for more than 30 years, Marie C. Wilson is founder and President of The White House Project, co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work ® Day and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World (Viking 2004). 

In 1998, Wilson founded The White House Project in recognition of the need to build a truly representative democracy – one where women lead alongside men in all spheres. Since its inception, The White House Project has been a leading advocate and voice on women’s leadership.

Before she took the helm at The White House Project, Wilson was, for nearly two decades, the President of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She is an honorary “founding mother” of the Ms. Foundation. In honor of her work, the Ms. Foundation has created The Marie C. Wilson Leadership Fund.


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Queer the Census!

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has launched an innovative and important campaign called "Queer the Census" in response to the lack of data on LGBT people and families. Check out this video from NGTLF's Policy Institute Director Jaime Grant at Creating Change. Says Jaime, "We need data on on our communities!"

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The Traffic In Policy: Religion, Sexuality, and the State


A symposium co-organized by CSGS and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics with funding by The Henry Luce foundation.

Location: Humanities Initiative Conference Room, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Keynote lecture by Roberto J. Blancarte

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