The Economics of Midlife Motherhood (Part II)

The Economics of Midlife Motherhood (Part II)

In Part I of this  guest post by Cyma Shapiro, we explored the fundamental economics of choosing midlife mothering.   Here, we listen to experts and midlife mothers weigh-in on this increasingly prevalent life choice.  You can pop back to Part I of this post, if you wish, to refresh your recollection before moving on to Part [...]

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The Economics of Midlife Mothering –  Part I

The Economics of Midlife Mothering – Part I

Cyma Shapiro, 56, a writer and executive director of the art gallery show NURTURE: Stories of New Midlife Mothers, and the writer/creator of MotheringintheMiddle.com. NURTURE features a collection of 25 (out of 60) stories told through words and photos, of women from across the country who chose motherhood over 40. Both endeavors are intended to celebrate midlife mothers [...]

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Tell Your Senator “Support the Paycheck Fairness Act”

Tell Your Senator “Support the Paycheck Fairness Act”

It’s time to storm Capitol Hill and come out in force to support the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Equal pay laws have been on the books for decades, but several loopholes prevent fair pay from becoming a reality.  A Congressional hearing on the bill took place yesterday, and 60 votes are needed for a procedural mechanism [...]

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A Last Gasp … for Women’s History Month

A Last Gasp … for Women’s History Month

I wrote this post for The Shriver Report, where it originally appeared on March 21, 2014.  They have kindly given me permission to post it here in full.  Here is a link to its original appearance. Everything I know about how women got the right to vote in this country began with a movie called “Iron-jawed [...]

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Brigid Schulte,”Overwhelmed”, and YOU – Part Two

Brigid Schulte,”Overwhelmed”, and YOU – Part Two

Two weeks ago I posted the first part of my interview with Brigid Schulte, Washington Post reporter and author of Overwhelmed; Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, her just-published study of the effect of living at warp speed and the unrealistic and unnecessary expectations of workers and parents.  You can refresh your memory [...]

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Paycheck to Paycheck, The Disaster Waiting to Happen

Paycheck to Paycheck, The Disaster Waiting to Happen

On Monday, March 17, you can watch The Shriver Report’s new documentary “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert” on HBO.  This film traces the daily frustrations of a single mother of three kids who works as a direct care aide in a nursing home.  While the film drills down into the details [...]

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Brigid Schulte is Overwhelmed  – and So Are You!  Part One

Brigid Schulte is Overwhelmed – and So Are You! Part One

Author Brigid Schulte has a job, a house, a husband, several children, and a whole lot of stress.  She’s also just written a book, available online and at your favorite bookstore, called Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, about how we’ve taken on way more than we can handle, what [...]

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Women and the Arts (Women’s History Month Part I)

Women and the Arts (Women’s History Month Part I)

The best thing about March is the annual outpouring of information about women.  This year’s rich harvest includes some terrific profiles of women’s work in photography, theater, and museum leadership.   Make no mistake – new ground is being broken here, and we are still seeing many “firsts”. My own WHM observance began last week, at the National Geographic’s [...]

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Mothers of the Moment

Mothers of the Moment

We’re poised at a sweet spot between the release of The Shriver Report in January, and the arrival of March as Women’s History Month. Momentum is growing for paid leave and paid sick days, candidates for the 2014 mid-term elections are shaping their campaigns, and think tanks in DC are churning out data on women [...]

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Candidate Mom

Candidate Mom

Women can and do run for office, but their path to politics differs from the one most men follow. Women are generally asked to run and likely to have been recruited. Men tend to initiate their own candidacy, and worry less about if they are qualified or not. Women tend to feel under qualified, regardless of their [...]

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