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Mothers’ Rights Depend on the State You’re In

Those smart and savvy moms at A Better Balance have written a book that will be your “go to guide” for workplace policies relevant to your pregnancy, maternity leave, and working life as a parent.  Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman and Elizabeth Gedmark are the authors of Babygate: What You Really Need To Know About Pregnancy [...]

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Without Us, You’re Nothing

Without Us, You’re Nothing

Remember when Mika Brezezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, put out her book Knowing Your Value? It was advertised  as a “surprisingly honest and unexpectedly revealing look at gender inequality in the workplace.” Mika argued that women generally underestimate their own worth and, for this reason, don’t advocate vigorously for themselves, and thus don’t receive the pay [...]

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Ann Romney and the Caring Economy: The Politics of Motherhood

By:  Riane Eisler and Valerie Young Who says partisan politics only results in division, discord, and gridlock?  After this week’s media frenzy over whether or not Ann Romney was “working” when she raised five boys, a consensus of sorts has emerged.  Both Democrats and Republicans agree unreservedly that childrearing is a very important activity, valuable [...]

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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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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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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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