Sylvia Ann Hewlett (born 1946) is an economist, consultant, lecturer, and expert on gender and workplace issues.

A Kennedy Scholar and graduate of Girton College, Cambridge, Hewlett earned her PhD degree in economics at the University of London.

Hewlett is the founding President of the Center for Work-Life Policy, a non-profit organization which seeks to develop policies that enhance work-life balance. She is also Director of the Gender and Public Policy Program at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. In the 1980s, she was the first woman to head up the Economic Policy Council of the United Nations Association -- a think tank composed of 125 business and labor leaders. She is the author of several books (see Bibliography section). Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Harvard Business Review. She has taught at Cambridge, Columbia and Princeton Universities and held fellowships at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London and the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, Newsnight with Aaron Brown, NBC Nightly News, Oprah, The View, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, On Point, and has been lampooned on Saturday Night Live.


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Modern women are squeezed between the devil and the deep blue sea, and there are no lifeboats out there in the form of public policies designed to help these women combine their roles as mothers and as workers.
Sylvia Ann Hewitt (20th century), economist. A Lesser Life, ch. 2 (1986).
For women the wage gap sets up an infuriating Catch-22 situation. They do the housework because they earn less, and they earn less because they do the housework.
Sylvia Ann Hewitt (20th century), economist. A Lesser Life, ch. 4 (1986).
The degree to which the child-rearing professionals continue to be out of touch with reality is astounding. For example, a widely read manual on breast-feeding, devotes fewer than two pages to the working mother.
Sylvia Ann Hewitt (20th century), U.S. economist. A Lesser Life, ch. 2 (1986).

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