Archive | October, 2009
White House Sports a Pink Ribbon

White House Sports a Pink Ribbon

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Changing the Conversation

Contributed by MOTHERS volunteer and guest blogger Rosanne WestonIn an October 24th NY Times op-ed piece by Joanne Lipman, once the deputy managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, she bemoaned the stalling of women’s progress in the workplace. In the Arts and Leisure section a week earlier Katherine Dieckmann, director of the new film [...]

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The 30% Solution

Author Linda Tarr-Whelan unveiled her new book, “Women Who Lead the Way”, at a recent congressional briefing. Under the shadow of the Capitol dome, she explained her “30% solution” to problem-solving and decision-making. When women occupy 30% of any entity setting policy, they can influence the agenda, affect priorities, and bring their own particular skill [...]

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Women Senators Take Charge

The estrogen level on the floor of the US Senate skyrocketed last week when female Senators blasted health insurers for their discriminatory practices. In back to back speeches, they vigorously denounced charging women higher premiums and excluding coverage for gender-specific conditions. They were indignant, passionate, and unflinching in their delivery, which made a most welcome [...]

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Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) in the US Capitol

This week on the Hill, members of the Work, Family and Health Network presented their findings at a congressional briefing about the intersection of workplace policy and workers’ health and well-being. When employees face conflict between work and family obligations, there is an increase in their stress level, greater risk of heart disease, and a [...]

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Musical Chairs in the US Senate

In the alphabet soup which is our federal government, the US Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is known as HELP (which some might find an apt description of what is needed in Washington). The powerful committee chairman had been, for many years, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who had promoted many important causes such [...]

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Work Environments that Work for Families

Written by MOTHERS volunteer Kelly Coyle DiNorcia (ahimsamama.blogspot.com) Before I became a mother, I spent long hours in the office. I probably logged sixty or seventy hours a week as an administrator for a non-profit organization on average – during busy times it was more than that and less during the slower months. When I [...]

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The Opting Out Myth

The US Senate decreed in 2003 that October be designated Work and Family Month. This year’s observance started off with a BANG this morning with the Washington Post announcing on its front page that the “opt out revolution”, i.e. working women leaving the board room for the play room, was a myth. Based on US [...]

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