Archive | July, 2012
From Mayer to Maternity

From Mayer to Maternity

Marissa Mayer, the new Yahoo CEO, unleashed a media firestorm when she announced that she was pregnant. Suddenly everyone had an opinion about her plan to take a few weeks of maternity leave and work throughout that time from home. It proved women could handle top jobs in Silicon Valley, some said. It damages future [...]

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Four Kinds of People: Mothers, Caregivers, and Surfing the Silver Tsunami

Four Kinds of People: Mothers, Caregivers, and Surfing the Silver Tsunami

Janice Lynch Schuster, Senior Writer  and expert in end-of- life issues at the Altarum Institute, delivered this speech at the NOW Annual Convenvtion on June 30, 2012.  It appears here in full with her permission. When I was 10, in the early 1970s, I wanted to be an altar girl. The parish priest actually said I could not: [...]

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Our (Not-So-Golden) Golden Years

Our (Not-So-Golden) Golden Years

Mothers are so busy managing the here and now that thinking about retirement rarely rises to the top of the “To Do” list. Women’s advocates here in Washington, D.C. are pushing a proposal that would strengthen Social Security for women, especially those who have spent years in the unpaid labor of caregiving, and/or been hit [...]

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From the “Mommy Wars” to a Caring Economy

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post and was written by Riane Eisler and Valerie Young  Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” set off another firestorm about whether mothers can, or should, have careers. Some pitted Slaughter, who for family care reasons resigned as the first female director of [...]

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