Jodie Levin-Epstein

Jodie Levin-Epstein is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy.

Recent Articles

Responsive Workplaces

More and more, working parents have dual -- and dueling -- responsibilities on the job and at home. Yet today's workplace often seems stuck in a time warp, modeled for Ward and June Cleaver when the reality feels more like television's Survivor.

Some employers have adapted and made their workplaces responsive to working parents. Flexible scheduling that considers employee preference and paid time off, for example, have helped those who constantly juggle work and home. Often, such measures have benefited the employers, too, demonstrating that businesses can do well by doing good.

Reproductive Roulette

In 1996 the newly Republican Congress approved nearly
$440 million in public funds over five years to teach celibacy. The law comes up
for renewal next year. The local programs supported under this legislation teach
that abstinence is the only appropriate way to prevent pregnancy and sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs). Indeed, the limited information about
contraceptives permitted in such classes emphasizes contraceptive failure rates.
Under the program's key elements, states may only fund classes that teach that:

  • Premarital sex is wrong. It is "likely" to be both
    psychologically and physically damaging.