The Authors

Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett have received wide critical praise for their books about women, men, work and society. Reviewers have singled out their ability to present sweeping and complex ideas in a lively, readable way.

  • In 2011 they won both the Casey Medal for distinguished journalism and a special citation from the National Education Writers Association for opinion columns.
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  • The Editorial Board of the Boston Globe voted their book Same Difference one of the best books of the year in 2004.
  • The New York Times called their book She Works, He Works a bold new framing of the story of the American family, and praised its lucid prose.
  • The Sloan Foundation designated their book Lifeprints as a “classic book” from the work-family canon that has made “a significant contribution and stood the test of time.” (The book was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.)
  • She Works, He Works won the first annual “Books For A Better Life” competition sponsored by major publishers. It was based on a major grant from NIMH. The New York Review of Books, in a page-one essay, said the book could help to shape public policy “with less superstition and sentimentality than is currently the case.”
  • Columbia University Press published their book, The Truth About Girls and Boys (2013) and Beyond Sugar and Spice was published by Putnam (1979).
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  • The pair’s books have been selections of Book of the Month, Literary Guild, and Doubleday Book Club. The Daily Beast recently featured their article “The Looming Male Backlash.”
  • Their articles have appeared in many national publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Salon, Huffington Post,, Self, Working Woman, McCall’s, Ladies Home Journal, Working Woman, Dissent, Redbook, Ms.,, Education Week, the Nation, Mother Jones, WomensEnews and others.

Rosalind Chait Barnett’s pioneering research on workplace issues and family life in America has been sponsored by major federal and Foundation grants (NIMH, NSF, NIOSH and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation She is senior scientist at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and a 2013 recipient of the Lifetime Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute.

Caryl Rivers is a nationally known author and journalist. She was awarded the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Society of Professional Journalists for distinguished achievement in Journalism. She is professor of Journalism at Boston University.