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Phone Call for YOU!

 Big doins’ this week!  We’re all getting on the horn to talk about women in the US, how to get to fair pay, why families need a paid leave program they can count on, and what paid sick days would mean for the economic security of moms and dads.  Just like child care, these issues [...]

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Mother, May I….go to work?

Every August, Washington seems to empty out, and you can do the unthinkable -  drive from one side of town to the other in 20 minutes flat. It takes longer to shop at the farmers’ market, selecting from the cornucopia of seasonal produce, than it does to get through the morning paper, skimpy without the [...]

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Pre-School Matters for Moms

Child care used to be a family matter, taken up household by household, depending on a variety of circumstances. But times have changed and child care now moves appropriately to the public policy realm. The experts at the Center for American Progress look at three available child care options – a stay at home parent, privately [...]

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Child Care: Family Matter or Public Policy?

I’ve been to two child care/early education briefings in less than one week.  Clearly the issue is gaining momentum, likely fueled by the President’s push to expand pre-school programs.  This is a good thing, since nothing could be more directly tied to women’s economic security.  Access to child care is necessary for mothers of young children to work, and [...]

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A Room Of Our Own – Interview with Jocelyn Elise Crowley, Author of Mothers Unite!

With Mother’s Day less than a week away, my thoughts turn towards what change mothers can bring about by working together.  Mothers are getting together all over the country, sharing their experiences and stories, and pushing our legislators to make our families stronger and safer.  Researcher Jocelyn Elise Crowley, author of Mothers Unite! Organizing for [...]

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“Mothers Unite! Organizing for Workplace Flexibility and the Transformation of Family Life” by Jocelyn Elise Crowley

It is very loud in the second-floor meeting room of a public library in a medium-size eastern city, the noise coming from twelve toddlers, all under the age of four, running around the room. At this meeting of the local NAMC chapter, eleven group members have put their chairs in a circle in preparation for [...]

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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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Child Care is Unskilled Labor?

Kelly Coyle DiNorcia is the author of this post.  Her bio is here with another piece she wrote several weeks ago.   In the car the other day, I was listening to NPR.  Brian Lehrer was interviewing Robert Guest, the global business editor of The Economist and author of the new book, Borderless Economics:  Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges [...]

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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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The Care Crisis: Unpaid Leave is No Leave At All

Unlike the rest of the world, the US does not guarantee mothers and fathers paid time off from work when a baby is born or child adopted. This comes as a total shock and surprise to many. Some people, especially professionals and those at large companies, will be offered a certain number of weeks with [...]

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