Jennifer Ludden http://aspenpublicradio.org en Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/outdated-tax-code-gives-some-working-spouses-bad-deal Women today are nearly half the workforce, and two-income couples are the norm. But the U.S. tax code? It's straight out of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044230/"><em>Ozzie and Harriet</em></a>.<p>When it comes to paying taxes, economists say, a lot of secondary wage-earners are getting a raw deal. It's called the marriage penalty.<p>"The system was never designed to penalize working spouses," says Melissa Kearney, director of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution. "It was just designed in a different era."<p>That era was 1948, when the U.S. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 16971 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/when-planning-future-women-have-been-hands It's a truism in the financial industry that women need to get more out of their money than men since they live longer and make less, especially if they take time out to care for children or aging parents. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 16300 at http://aspenpublicradio.org When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/rural-appalachia-helps-some-women-save-retirement Anita Wallace has run a day care in her home in rural Athens County, Ohio, for eight years. The schedule is more family-friendly than when she logged 60 hours a week as a manager at Wal-Mart, and the pay is about $27,000 a year — not bad for the area.<p>Wallace adores the children, getting down on the floor to let toddlers snuggle on her shoulder. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 15832 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/telework-not-just-moms-and-millennials Many people may think of a "remote worker" as a harried mom in her bathrobe or a 20-something at a coffee shop. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 14889 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids? http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/push-change-custody-laws-whats-best-kids Fathers today spend more time than ever with their kids, experiencing just as much stress as women in balancing work and family, <a href="http://www.familiesandwork.org/the-new-male-mystique/">if not more</a>. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 14799 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids?