Scholar Spotlight: Anna Gassman-Pines and Liz Ananat
- Children & Families
- Inequality & the Middle Class
- Jobs & Workers
This week’s Scholar Spotlight highlights Anna Gassman-Pines and Liz Ananat, whose work on paid family leave in North Carolina led to a legislative briefing with 20 state legislators and and staffers last month. Since the meeting, Rep. Graig Meyer has introduced HB 696, a bill to set up a shared insurance pool to provide paid family leave for working North Carolinians. This legislative action is the culmination of months of work that these two members and their students have dedicated to the issue. Anna and Liz taught a practicum course on paid leave at Duke University last year, during which students developed policy proposals and data analyses of paid leave. Civic groups NC Child and Moms Rising provided consultation about the local policy context. Leveraging their students’ work, Anna and Liz published a report and an OpEd in the News and Observer on the topic. Congratulations on this achievement!