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So Much More Than the “Right Thing” To Do

My colleague and great friend Sarah Bibler wrote this week’s post.  She’s an expert in how gender issues fit into a nation’s economic growth, and how U.S. foreign policy can do both good and ill for women around the world. She turns her focus towards the U.S. in this piece, and explains how we could [...]

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Pre-K as Policy, Not Politics

Pre-K as Policy, Not Politics

My favorite part of the President’s State of the Union address was his plan for expanding pre-kindergarten to all four-year-olds. The idea has been around for decades, and it did once very nearly become law until it was vetoed by President Nixon. But in the past 40 years, two big parts of the early education picture [...]

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To Birth, Or Not To Birth?

To Birth, Or Not To Birth?

It’s all about who is having babies – or perhaps more accurately, who is NOT having babies. The declining birth rate in the U.S. prompted much discussion, some of which you’ll find below. The only thing the writers agree on is that fewer women are opting to become mothers. Arguments differ as to why motherhood has [...]

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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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Free Riding on Women – Part One

When you’ve got your finger on the pulse of the whacked-out wonk world which is Washington, you pick up on the wind shifts quickly. The topic of carework, what it costs and who’s paying, is popping up more often and in increasingly provocative language these days. Lately I’ve been looking at “Free Riding on Families: [...]

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The REAL Opt-Out Revolution

Written by MOTHERS volunteer Kelly Coyle DiNorcia (ahimsamama.blogspot.com)I recently took a ride down to Princeton, NJ to see a talk given by a woman named Shannon Hayes. It was about what she calls Radical Homemaking, or Enlightened Homemaking. Radical Homemakers are those who eschew many modern conveniences (“necessities”) and choose instead to live a simple, [...]

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Happily Ever After

Contributed by MOTHERS volunteer and guest blogger Kelly Coyle DiNorcia This morning, my three-year-old daughter, Bess, was playing dress up. On this particular day, she was Sleeping Beauty, and was searching frantically through her costume basket to find just the right crown to go with her satiny pink dress. Finally satisfied that she’s got the [...]

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ACROSS THE DIVIDE, PART 2

Contributed by MOTHERS volunteer and guest blogger Rosanne Weston.One of the hallmarks of a family-friendly workplace is the ability of workers to care for themselves and family members without jeopardizing their incomes and/or their employment. One of the criticisms I’ve heard about the expansion of family medical leave benefits is that workers with children will [...]

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Shopping: More Interesting Than Mothering?

Contributed by MOTHERS volunteer and guest blogger Kelly Coyle DiNorciaThere is one morning cable news program in particular that I like to watch in the morning. I like it because I think the anchors are fair and relatively unbiased, and because they have a wide range of guests on each day that present varying viewpoints. [...]

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Mooseburger, Anyone?

Contributed by MOTHERS volunteer and guest blogger Kelly Coyle DiNorcia I was in Boston, Massachusetts for a youth ice hockey tournament over Labor Day weekend, when the McCain camp announced their choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as their vice-presidential candidate. At the ice rink, a reporter and camera person were working the “hockey mom” [...]

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