Yes, You Can — Serve In Congress As A Mom With Little Kids!

Yes, You Can — Serve In Congress As A Mom With Little Kids!

I wrote this post for The Shriver Report, where it originally appeared on July 15, 2014.  They have graciously allowed me to repost it here. The recent primary election brought the usual flood of campaign literature pouring through my letter slot. I had nearly tossed the pile into the recycling bin when I noticed something [...]

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Interview with Anea Bogue, Author:  9 Ways We’re Screwing Up Our Girls

Interview with Anea Bogue, Author: 9 Ways We’re Screwing Up Our Girls

Last week I posted the first half of my interview with Anea Bogue, the author of a fabulous book, 9 Ways We’re Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop.  This week I’m so pleased to bring you the remainder of our conversation.  Check out the book when you’ve finished – it’s an easy [...]

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9 Ways We’re Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop

9 Ways We’re Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop

I just loved reading Anea Bogue’s 9 Ways We’re Screwing Up Our Girls And How We Can Stop.  As adults, we know women live in a trick bag of cultural mixed messages, unrealistic expectations, and damaging, persistent biases about what being a girl, a woman, and a mother “should” mean.  Ms. Bogue points out that this process [...]

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The White House Prom for Policy Nerds

The White House Prom for Policy Nerds

The White House Working Families Summit was the biggest thing to happen here in ages for the circle of women’s rights advocates in which I orbit.   So many things about it were right – a sense of jubilation, a racially and ethnically diverse group of attendees, a variety of ages, income levels, and a good [...]

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Your (Wo)Man in Washington is @ White House Working Families Summit

Your (Wo)Man in Washington is @ White House Working Families Summit

Early Monday I’ll be heading downtown for the much anticipated Working Families Summit hosted by the White House, the Center for American Progress, and the US Department of Labor.  There has never been a bigger event for work/family issues, gender equity, and women’s advocacy, and no other Administration has so identified with the challenge of [...]

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“A Little Bit of Credit”…. For Dad

“A Little Bit of Credit”…. For Dad

Mark Tyler and I  have been talking about the ups and downs of being the at home parent.  I asked him to write a post about his experience.  After several weeks of writing between bouts of  cooking, cleaning, hugging, story-telling, dressing, playing, undressing, bathing, brushing, combing, driving, picking up and putting away, he sent me [...]

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Family Caregivers, the Future, and Now

Family Caregivers, the Future, and Now

My friend and colleague in the fight for family caregivers, Janice Lynch Schuster, recently had a conversation with her children about what may happen when she becomes older.  It went like this, as Janice wrote in Fierce Urgency of Now: Family Caregivers and the Future that is Upon Us  for the blog Disruptive Women in [...]

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Women Power the US Economic Engine

Women Power the US Economic Engine

I wrote this piece for The Shriver Report, where it appeared originally on April 7, 2014. One of the biggest stories of the past 50 years has been the movement of women into the paid workforce in unprecedented numbers. The income mothers and wives bring home has changed how we live, what we buy, and [...]

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Fade to Grey at the New York Times

Fade to Grey at the New York Times

Last week, the first female Executive Editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, was fired.  It was not an elegant dismissal.  Immediately rumors began to swirl about Ms. Abramson’s supposed discovery that her compensation was lower than her predecessor’s. Then the twitterati batted about reported charges that she was “brusque”, abrasive, and lacking in [...]

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The Con Game

The Con Game

I wrote this piece for TheShriverReport.org, where it originally appeared on May 1, 2014. There’s a media storm going on about whether women are limited by sexism in our culture or by our own failure to push ourselves forward enough, hindered by self-doubt and persistent feelings of insecurity. It all started when journalists Katty Kay (no, [...]

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