In-Depth: The full interview with Isabel Sawhill

In-Depth: The full interview with Isabel Sawhill

Isabel Sawhill is an economist, a former Clinton administration budget official and a public-minded scholar with a long interest in poverty, inequality and the welfare of children and families. She is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in...

The story behind the story

Reporter’s Notebook: I have been a reporter for 34 years and this was the hardest story I have ever written. It was hard because people didn’t want to talk to me. They didn’t want to give me “fodder for woman-blaming.” That statement, or a version of that...
One wrong guy and an ‘endless struggle’ for a single mom

One wrong guy and an ‘endless struggle’ for a single mom

Editor’s note: This is part two of a five-part series. Joanne R., 38 years old — “and pushing 60,” she said — has worked since she was 11. She graduated from high school, but didn’t finish college. “I never really got past the first year — life happens,” she said. But...