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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The Story of a Special Needs Mother

MOTHERS member and resident reader Kelly DiNorcia sent me this book review – we’ll take a much needed break from politics and presidental campaigns with this post and lose ourselves in the pages of a “momoir”.   You can find more reading for the maternally-minded at the MOTHERS Book Bag page on GoodReads.com.  Thanks Kelly!   [...]

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A Womb with A View – or Birth Control and Economic Security

Women’s advocates in Washington found their jaws hitting the floor last week when a Congressional oversight committee convened a panel of experts to discuss freedom of religion and women’s reproductive health care.  The panel consisted only of men.  Taking turns testifying were a Roman Catholic bishop, a Lutheran minister, a rabbi, a philosophy professor and an ethics professor.  [...]

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You’re Pregnant? You’re Fired!

Did you get the message, loud and clear?  Now, workers are caregivers and caregivers are workers.  Discrimination against family caregivers and pregnant women at work is against the law.  This kind of bias is the most common form of gender discrimination occurring today.  Employers need to understand their legal duties, and women need to know [...]

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Is There a War on Women?

Almost a year ago, The New York Times published an editorial entitled “The War on Women“ which began: Republicans in the House of Representatives are mounting an assault on women’s health and freedom that would deny millions of women access to affordable contraception and life-saving cancer screenings and cut nutritional support for millions of newborn babies [...]

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Children and Taxes

Somehow “taxes” has become a four letter word.   They should be raised!  No, they should be cut!  There should be no  new ones!  They should be paid fairly, tax loopholes should be closed, and tax deductions should be limited!  There’s just no end to the arguments.  But there’s one thing about taxes to keep in [...]

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Come to the Mom Congress

Parenting Magazine and Georgetown University are planning the 2012 Mom Congress, and you can be there.  This annual event connects mothers who’ve made a difference in their local schools to experts and education advocates in Wasington DC.    The three day event takes place from April 29 – May 1, 2012, which is the most gorgeous time [...]

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Fantasy State of the Union

My sister Americans: The state of our union is strong.  Electing women to fully 51% of public offices has ushered in a new era in our great experiment in democracy.  Legislators now put the common good ahead of their personal power and individual gain.  We, men and women together, make better policy decisions and make them faster [...]

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Change & Opportunity

Mothers have a genius for on-the-spot problem solving.  Sizing up a looming crisis in a nanosecond, we flip through our mental list of optional responses, then implement, discard, and substitute possible solutions until the crisis is resolved and order restored.  Every single day mothers meet multiple opportunities for this kind of “rapid response” engagement head on.  As the days multiply and the children [...]

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The Best Job in the World

Why ease in to 2012 when we can take a flying leap directly into the epicenter of the maternal conflict?  Sister blogger ButIDoHaveALawDegree  graciously permits me to run her latest post here, in full, and I’m certain it will strike a major chord with you.  I’ve not read a better expression of the  maternal angst [...]

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A Mother’s Twelve Days of Christmas

[TO BE SUNG IN YOUR OUTSIDE VOICE]   On the first day of Christmas, Santa sent to me - family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.   On the second day of Christmas, Santa sent to me, two reliable sitters, and family care credit for Social Secur-i-ty.   On the third day of Christmas, Santa sent to [...]

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