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Candidate Mom

Women can and do run for office, but their path to politics differs from the one most men follow. Women are generally asked to run and likely to have been recruited. Men tend to initiate their own candidacy, and worry less about if they are qualified or not. Women tend to feel under qualified, regardless of their [...]

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Babygate: What You Really Need to Know About Pregnancy and Parenting in the American Workplace

  To follow last week’s interview with authors Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, and Elizabeth Gedmark, here’s an excerpt from their new book Babygate.  Don’t forget to take a copy of their discussion questions to your next book club meeting! Are you pregnant or thinking about taking that step? Maybe your partner is pregnant, and you [...]

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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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Mothers of the Century (21st)

Prepare to be impressed with yourselves, girls.  The US Census Bureau just put out new numbers on maternity leave and employment which show we’ve spent the past 40 years investing wisely in ourselves.  First time mothers are more likely to have at least an undergrad degree by the time they give birth, now at an average [...]

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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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For Mothers Who Do Too Much

Nine mothers walk into a movieplex to watch their lives on screen in “I Don’t Know How She Does It”. The movie bears scant resemblance to their daily experience. So the nine mothers duck into a nearby watering hole and do exactly what you’d expect. They order a pitcher of sangria and talk about it.  [...]

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Competitive Mothering Takes a Hit

With an eyebrow firmly raised at all the Tiger Mother brouhaha, I was delighted to find this post from Cameron Mcdonald, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s written a book, “Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs and the Micropolitics of Mothering” which looks as what she calls the “private to public [...]

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What I Learned At the Mothers Conference

I was at Rutgers University on October 19th for the “What Mothers Want” conference and it was a mamapalooza of the first order.  It’d be hard to say who was the more interesting – the experts and advocates at the mic or the totally engaged and informed audience.  Everybody knew motherwork was hard, vital, and [...]

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In Memoriam – Dr. Elise Boulding and Waging Peace

Your (Wo)man in Washington keeps an eye on the obituaries in her daily paper as one way to monitor the status of women in society. Mostly, men receive the “mini biography” treatment with a few paragraphs about their life and work and perhaps an accompanying photo. Photos of women are less common, so the picture [...]

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Dancing on the Thin End Of the Wedge

It all started with Madeleine Albright. As the first female US Secretary of State, her arrival on the world stage in 1997 seems in retrospect to have ushered in a sustained and expanding period of women in diplomacy. Usually “manned” by someone “pale, male, and Yale”, three of the last four occupants of this top [...]

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