Jennifer Ludden

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Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement

Thursday, March 20, 2014

An experimental program is trying to teach self-employed women the importance of long-term financial security. "You take care of yourself because nobody else is going to," one recruiter says.


Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home

Monday, March 17, 2014

By age 3, kids in low-income households have heard 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers, research shows. In Providence, R.I., a home visit program is focused on boosting vocabulary.


Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New research finds that nearly one-third of full-time workers do most of their work remotely. But just who those workers are — and how much work they're doing — may come as a surprise.


Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

When couples divorce, fathers' rights groups say, too many judges fall back on tradition — primary custody for Mom. The groups are pushing for shared custody laws, but the effort faces resistance.


Five Things You May Not Know About Child Marriage

Sunday, December 01, 2013

In the developing world, one in three girls is married by the age of 18, and the number of young girls being married off is actually increasing, according to groups tracking the issue.


Illinois Files Suit Against Online Adoption Agency

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The state says the for-profit agency is not licensed to operate in the state. The agency has said that because its online ads don't originate in Illinois, it is not bound by the state's law. Still, the move could test the Internet's expanding reach in this sensitive area.


For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fast food and restaurant work used to be seen as an entry point for the young. Today, the average such employee is 29, and nearly a quarter are parents. For these workers, current wages are hardly enough to support them, let alone their families.

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Study Finds Stagnated, Declining Wages For Low Wage Earners

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A new report finds wages over the past decade were stagnant or declined for the bottom 70 percent of American workers. It's part of a longer-term trend, but economists are divided over how to change it.


Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Former Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday. Jackson had pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use. Jackson's wife Sandi received a one year sentence for her role in the scheme.


Carbon Tax Gaining Popularity, But Not With Lawmakers

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The idea of taxing carbon emissions to curb climate change has been gaining surprisingly diverse and bipartisan support over the past year. Everywhere, that is, except Congress.


Zimmerman Verdict Feels Personal For Some In Service Sorority

Monday, July 15, 2013

The verdict in the Travyon Martin case is reverberating at the annual gathering of Delta Sigma Theta, a prominent service sorority that has long focused on African-American civil rights.


Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

With new momentum for same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court, gays and lesbians are hoping for progress in another sphere — the workplace. In 29 states, it's still legal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Congress is again considering legislation to ban that.


Congress Not Likely To Pass Sweeping Climate Legislation

Monday, June 24, 2013

As President Obama prepares to unveil his executive strategy on climate change, we look at the politics of the issue in Congress.


Pew Poll: Adult LGBT Americans Optimistic About Future

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Pew Research Center survey finds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults are optimistic about increasing social acceptance. Yet many still report feeling stigmatized by family, friends, employers and their place of worship.


Pushed Off The Job While Pregnant

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

At a time when most pregnant women work, there are new efforts to keep companies from unfairly targeting employees because of a pregnancy. Allegations of pregnancy discrimination persist and have even risen in recent years despite a decades-old law against it.


Snowden Had A Fast Rise In The Intelligence World

Monday, June 10, 2013

Who is Edward Snowden? The National Security Agency contractor says he leaked information on secret surveillance programs to spark public debate over the reach of government monitoring.


Joblessness Shortens Life Expectancy For White Women

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Policymakers who've relied on health initiatives to address the mortality gap may take a look at the workplace. Family-friendly policies, like paid parental leave and subsidized child care, that could help keep women employed.


Alimony Till Death Do Us Part? Nay, Say Some Ex-Spouses

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A year after Massachusetts ended lifetime alimony, groups in a number of states are pushing similar legislation. They say alimony laws are outdated, based on a time when most women didn't work. But family lawyers say the proposals would punish those who've sacrificed their own career to help a spouse advance.


Stay-At-Home Dads, Breadwinner Moms And Making It All Work

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

For decades, the role of breadwinner was reserved for men, but today, more than a quarter of American working women earn more than their spouses. That means more fathers are opting to stay home with the kids.


Bombing Suspect's Lawyer A Quiet Defender Of The Notorious

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Defense attorney Judy Clarke routinely faces an enraged public, top-notch prosecutors and difficult, often disturbed clients. Now, she is soon to face those things again with another high-profile client, alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.