Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect, comes from a family of public school educators. She received the Spencer Fellowship in Education Journalism, a Schwarz Fellowship at the New America Foundation, and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellowship at the Nation Institute. Her journalism is regularly featured in SlateThe AtlanticThe NationThe Daily Beast, and other publications, and she is a staff writer at the Marshall Project. 

Recent Articles


ALINSKY 101. When Hillary Clinton graduated Wellesley in 1969, she turned down a job offer with community organizer and University of Chicago sociologist Saul Alinsky and headed to Yale Law School. In 1985, Barack Obama deferred law school to work with an Alinsky-inspired group on Chicago's South Side, partnering with black churches to advocate for better housing, job training, and other services for people in poverty. As Garance has noted , Ryan Lizza 's TNR piece on Obama's organizing days is a must read. So is this MSNBC story on Clinton's undergraduate thesis about Alinsky. Reporter Bill Dedman actually reads the much-mythologized thesis, which critiques Alinsky's methodologies as too focused on small-scale change within communities already decimated by systemic problems of segregation and poverty. (Incidentally, right-wingers have suggested Clinton's thesis, which at her request was kept under lock and key by Wellesley during her husband's administration, might contain proof of...


HOLY MOLY . Some evidence this week that more progressive evangelicals are strengthening their position within the larger movement: The National Association of Evangelicals rejected a call from James Dodson , Gary Bauer , Paul Weyrich , and other prominent conservative Christians to maintain a singular focus on abortion and gay marriage and abandon environmentalism (which the movement calls �creation care�). Then, as part of the same meeting, the NAE board endorsed a strong anti-torture statement written by Evangelicals for Human Rights, a group with members who have vocally supported expanding the evangelical agenda beyond divisive cultural battles. �Our moral vision has blurred since 9-11,� the statement reads. The NAE represents some 45,000 congregations nationwide, though it�s unaffiliated with powerful groups including Focus on the Family and the Southern Baptist Convention. But more and more, it seems that many Christians are as frustrated with the Bush administration�s record...


MIND THE GAP . Kay is skeptical about Hillary Clinton �s motivations for reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, and also expresses doubt about expending energy on a legislative approach to solving the gender gap in wages. She cites social conditions that leave women out-of-the-loop when it comes to salaries and disproportionate domestic responsibilities as major problems. But if we take a close look at the proposed legislation, we see it is designed to address exactly these issues. It prohibits employers from penalizing workers for sharing salary information with one another, and requires firms to keep detailed records on pay classified by gender, race, and national origin. The Paycheck Fairness Act also makes it easier for women to bring class action lawsuits based upon gender discrimination and makes it harder for companies to claim that �factors other than sex� that are actually sex-specific (such as taking maternity leave) are responsible for wage disparities. So the Paycheck...


SHOULD WE BE IMITATING TERRORIST LABOR PRACTICES? Yesterday the Senate voted 51-46 to give 40,000 airport baggage screeners the right to unionize. The House supports a similar bill, but President Bush has threatened a veto, which there doesn�t appear to be enough votes in either the House or Senate to override. The New York Times reports that Sen. Richard M. Burr (R-NC), called the bill �absolutely absurd. Terrorists don�t go on strike. Terrorists don�t call their union to negotiate before they attack.� It�s nice to know that some Senators look to al-Qaeda to model fair labor practices. Personally, I�d like to think the people who prevent weapons from making it onto airplanes are content at work. There�s been high turnover among screeners, and a union could help provide the stability necessary to professionalize the job, keeping us all safer. -- Dana Goldstein


FEMINIST LABOR POLITICS . This weekend, The New York Times Magazine chimed in to a growing conversation about women�s work-family balance with a piece arguing that increasing government support for childcare and health care will encourage women to have more babies and start younger, thus staving off a �baby drought.� I�m unconvinced by the argument that Americans need to be repopulating the world with gas guzzlers any faster than we already are. But of course, it remains a serious inequity -- and a drain on productivity -- that American women do 60 to 70 percent of domestic labor even though in today�s economy, 60 percent of us work outside the home (compared to 74 percent of men). And we learned last week that when women move in with a male partner, we start doing more housework while men do less. How romantic. In an excellent Nation cover story , journalist and historian Ruth Rosen dubs women�s second- and third-shift labor responsibilities the �care crisis.� Amidst the progressive...