Family Values and Valuing Family: A Blueprint for Family Leave

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Nancy E. Dowd

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Date Written: 1993


In the spring of 1989, the Harvard Journal on Legislation sponsored a symposium on legislative approaches to work and the family. Scholars and political figures from across the country gathered to discuss families, child care, and the government's role in easing the conflict between work and family. As part of that conference, the author used the examples of Sweden and France to present a comparative analysis of family-support policies from an international perspective.

Four years later, Professor Dowd now revisits the subject of family leave, but on the domestic level. The transition to a Democratic administration has already brought changes to federal policy in this area. In this Article, she combines a history of family-leave legislation with a vision for the future. Although the new family-leave legislation is a positive step, she argues that a comprehensive family policy must include more than just parental leave. To that end, she provides insights and suggestions for how to craft a family policy that responds to the nation's needs.

Suggested Citation

Dowd, Nancy Elizabeth, Family Values and Valuing Family: A Blueprint for Family Leave (1993). Harvard Journal on Legislation, Vol. 30, p. 335, 1993, Available at SSRN:

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