The U.S. tax code, which dates back to the days of Ozzie and Harriet, works against dual-income spouses. In some cases, it's cheaper for one spouse to stay home. Sherry Yates/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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In Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett plays a wealthy New York socialite who has it all, loses it all and ends up delusional on a park bench. Perdido Productions hide caption

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Anita Wallace runs a child care service in rural Athens County, Ohio. She hadn't saved much for retirement before the Appalachian Savings Project offered to match half of her savings up to $600. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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Stephanie Taveras (left) visits Julia Alfaro and her 3-year-old daughter, Ayleen, to read and discuss her vocabulary progress. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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Children do better — in school and emotionally — when they have enough time with both parents, according to a fathers' rights group pushing for joint-custody laws. iStockphoto hide caption

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A new study shows that the income gap between young adults who go to college and those who don't only continues to grow. iStockphoto hide caption

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Activists hold signs during a rally for paid sick leave at New York's City Hall last year. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Villages in the Lower Shire valley of Malawi, like this one named Jasi, rely heavily on subsistence farming and steady rainfall, and are struggling to produce steady harvests. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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The U.S. Capitol dome provides a view down the National Mall, an area vulnerable to flooding. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Arinafe Makwiti, 13, says her parents forced her to drop out of school and get married to an older man last year to help with the family finances. Makwiti has divorced her husband, but now has a 9-month-old daughter. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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Christina Asima says she had no choice but to marry last year at age 12 to help care for younger siblings after her mother abandoned the family. But she says her husband was abusive, so she left him, and now must look after her 8-month-old son, Praise, alone. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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