About Valerie Young

Valerie Young is a public policy analyst who focuses on the economic status of mothers and other family caregivers. She promotes social justice by arming mothers with information and a healthy dose of outrage. She is the Advocacy Coordinator at the National Association of Mothers' Centers, and is a reporter for The Shriver Report and contributor to Brain/Child Magazine. Follow her blog, Your (Wo)Man in Washington, on Twitter @WomanInDC and on Facebook as Valerie Young and Your (Wo)Man in Washington.
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All I Want Is Everything

Working Mother magazine asked3,781 mothers how they wanted to run their lives and what they needed in order to do that.  I’ve looked at the results closely, and come to two main conclusions.  First, every mother will think other mothers are happier or having an easier time.  Second, they will all be wrong, for it’s the rare [...]

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Boys “In Crisis” and Biological Imperatives

Kelly Coyle DiNorcia uses her degrees in neuroscience and education to out-maneuver two small children, care for an astonishing variety of animals, and run an ice hockey organization with her husband. She thinks “work life balance” is a lie and spends  her time careening from one extreme to the other. If you read books like [...]

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Motherhood, Connecting and Speaking Up

Motherhood, Connecting and Speaking Up

As a mothers’ advocate, I get to meet seriously interesting people.  One of my favorites is Jennifer Kogan who has been counseling individuals and couples in her Washington DC psychotherapy practice for 17 years.  With two children of her own, and a current client base that’s 90% mothers, she hears more about the maternal experience [...]

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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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Mr. Mom vs. Mom – Double Standard?

I got a letter from a reader who was up in the middle of the night stewing over praise heaped on men when they are seen to be caring for their children.  Her frustration practically leaps off the screen as she insists mothers don’t get the same public empathy fathers do.  This is what she says: [...]

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Motherhood Can Make You Crazy

What is it, exactly, that makes you nearly unrecognizable to yourself when you become a mother?  It’s almost like falling through a portal into another dimension.  The experience is so completely transforming.  I didn’t really fully integrate all the different aspects of myself until 12 years into motherhood, when I got away, truly alone, for [...]

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