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

Parents Fight Back

Ms. S. is a young, attractive single mother who used to work full-time for a marketing company in New York City. She was named employee of the month several times, and when the company decided to do some television promotion, she was asked to appear in the ads. She agreed, and, partly because of the ad campaign, business increased. Unfortunately for her, things got so busy that she was asked to work a 12-hour day, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. This was impossible, as it meant she would virtually never see her 4-year-old daughter even if she could find suitable child care. She said she couldn't work the hours, and she was fired, in essence, for being too successful. This same story is repeated all the time, all over the country. In at least two states, Connecticut and Massachusetts, mothers have taken similar cases all the way to their states' supreme courts, challenging an employer's right to fire a parent for refusing to work more than a 40-hour week. In both cases the mothers lost. The...

A National-Security Gender Gap

We're hearing a lot about national security these days, but it's always defined in one-dimensional terms -- as protection from external enemies. But there is another aspect of national security that is traditionally recognized as vital to any nation, and this is protection from the internal enemies of neglect, ignorance and despair. These may not appear to be immediate threats, but over time they can destroy a society. True homeland security requires a strong defense against internal as well as external vulnerabilities. The two elements of national security have been linked since time immemorial with regard to gender. The most powerful archetypes in human culture are the warrior and the mother, Mars and Venus, the destroyer and the creator, the avenger and the nurturer. Military protection and social reproduction: We couldn't survive without either one. Defining national security in only one of these terms is as stupid as thinking that one well-muscled leg is better than a right one...

The Pregnant Governor:

The Fitness of Mothers Wendy Kaminer's piece on Jane Swift (" Mama's Delicate Condition ," TAP, April 23, 2001) has stirred up quite a fuss, and it is easy to see why. The underlying assumptions of her argument are as calculated to shock as one of those tabloid TV shows on "animals that kill" or alien invasion. Kaminer argues, essentially, that since "some" women "occasionally get pregnant," they should time these anomalies so as never to interfere with demanding jobs, because childbirth and its aftermath may render a woman unfit for high office. Say that again? And why is someone saying it again? For starters, pregnancy is not an "occasional" occurrence. Roughly 85 percent of working women are likely to become pregnant at some point during their career. And the suggestion that they time these blessed events with the precision of a moon landing, so that they never interfere with a sudden promotion, may be good advice but is a counsel of perfection. It is equivalent to telling a spouse...