Ann Crittenden

Ann Crittenden is an award-winning journalist, author, and lecturer. She was an economics and investigative reporter for The New York Times from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, winning numerous awards and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. Prior to her work at the Times, she was a staff writer and foreign correspondent for Newsweek and a reporter for Fortune magazine. She has been a visiting lecturer at MIT and Yale, an economics commentator for CBS News, and executive director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Since leaving the Times, Crittenden has written four books and a play, in addition to numerous magazine articles for publications as diverse as Barron’s, Foreign Affairs, and Glamour.

Recent Articles

Do This for Mom

The Motherhood Manifesto: What America's Moms Want -- And What To Do About It by Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner (Nation Books, 248 pages, $14.95)

Leaving Women Behind by Kimberley A. Strassel, Celeste Colgan, and John C. Goodman (Rowman and Littlefield, 215 pages, $21.95)

Don't Get Mad, Get Even

Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men -- And What To Do About It by Evelyn Murphy with E.J. Graff (Touchstone, 352 pages, $24.95)

The Friedan Mystique

In the first few days after Betty Friedan's death, columnists seemed deeply divided about the relevance of her work today. Judith Warner in The New York Times found her description of the female "problem with no name" still fairly accurate, as marriage for the most part continues to be an unequal bargain between a primary breadwinner and an economically dependent primary parent and toilet scrubber. Meanwhile, at The Washington Post, Ruth Marcus dismissed Friedan's complaints about the tyranny of polished floors and housewifery as so much ancient history.

Seven Meals from Murder

The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth by Benjamin M. Friedman (Knopf, 592 pages, $35.00)

Once upon a time I took an undergraduate course in the history of economic thought. The assigned text was a slim little volume whose author announced in his introduction that he intended the book for “the average man and the intelligent woman.”

Their Babies Are Everything

Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas (University of California Press, 312 pages, $24.95)