Shelley Boots

Shelley Waters Boots currently consults for philanthropic foundations on poverty, work-family, and children's issues.

Recent Articles

A Modern Safety Net

We need to update our social contract for the real lives of working families in a brutal economy.

The Great Recession has revealed that our social safety net--primarily established by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression--is more hole than net. For many Americans, this is not news. Low-income families have spent decades dealing with economic insecurity and a system that provides little buffer on the way down. The current downturn has only made matters worse.