Archive | October, 2011

Follow The Money*

Would mothers like more options in how they structure their lives?  I’m talking real choices, like a paid maternity leave and paid sick days as a minimum labor standard.  Or benefits for part-time workers just like full-time workers, only in the same proportion as the hours they work.  This could be access to a group health [...]

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How Much Do We Really Care for Children?

Last week’s policy briefings included one on the state of early education and child care programs in the US.  The number of spots available across the country is nowhere near the number of children that need to be looked after while their parents are at work.  For many families, if care can be located, it [...]

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“The Wealth of a Nation Starts in a Woman’s Womb”

“When we are mothers we have access to important insight, wisdom and compassion. For that reason ,we must insert ourselves into these broader conversations.  And we must do so fearlessly.”   I recently discovered a motherhood blogger who styles herself “The Ultimate Outcast”.  Like me and a lot of women, she read Ann Crittenden’s “The Price of [...]

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Mothers in Public Office

Women are certainly taking it on the chin as funding cuts fall thick and fast. Topeka, Kansas has decided the city can no longer afford to prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence.  Legislators are proposing reductions in funding for home visits to new mothers and their infant children.  The President’s jobs bill, which would put hundreds [...]

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Social Security Credits for Mothers

Actually, the title of this post should be “Social Security Credits for Mothers …and Other Family Caregivers”.    A program that would credit family care would benefit a mother, father or other family member who reduces or cuts back on paid work to look after children, an elderly parent, or ill spouse or other family member.  [...]

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