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Yes, You Can — Serve In Congress As A Mom With Little Kids!

Yes, You Can — Serve In Congress As A Mom With Little Kids!

I wrote this post for The Shriver Report, where it originally appeared on July 15, 2014.  They have graciously allowed me to repost it here. The recent primary election brought the usual flood of campaign literature pouring through my letter slot. I had nearly tossed the pile into the recycling bin when I noticed something [...]

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Brigid Schulte,”Overwhelmed”, and YOU – Part Two

Brigid Schulte,”Overwhelmed”, and YOU – Part Two

Two weeks ago I posted the first part of my interview with Brigid Schulte, Washington Post reporter and author of Overwhelmed; Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, her just-published study of the effect of living at warp speed and the unrealistic and unnecessary expectations of workers and parents.  You can refresh your memory [...]

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The US Supreme Court vs. Moms

The US Supreme Court vs. Moms

In the past 24 hours I’ve come across three items in two major newspapers that are totally unrelated, but in light of each other, suggest to me that women’s status in the US may be sliding back faster than it is moving forward.  Maybe you’ll agree? The first is an column by Dana Milbank, a [...]

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Strangers On A Train

Strangers On A Train

On my way home for an Equal Pay Day demonstration downtown, I noticed a woman on the subway pull out Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In from her bag.  My mother’s advocate radar started humming, and I impulsively decided to do a little field data collection right there on the train.  Throwing my shadow across the page [...]

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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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"The Price of Motherhood" Revisited

As July 12 is my birthday, I’m turning the keyboard aboard over to our latest MOTHERS member, Laura LaMonica of Stella, North Carolina. She’s a freshly minted Ed.D. and recently just happened to be reading The Price of Motherhood by our very own Ann Crittenden. You’ll find below her fresh take on this book which [...]

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International Women’s Day 2010

March brings us a wealth of data on women and March 8th is International Women’s Day. Your (Wo)Man in Washington observed the occasion by attending an economic briefing on the struggle of women of color to achieve financial stability. By noon, she was crossing Memorial Bridge from Arlington National Cemetary to the Lincoln Memorial with [...]

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I Will Not Apologize for Being a Mother

Ginger Garner, MOTHERS supporter, has some very strong opinions about the profession of motherhood, how it is regarded in the US, and what some women who practice it expect of themselves. She posts regularly on her blog, Breathing in This Life, and has kindly allowed me to excerpt some of a particularly compelling post here: [...]

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Today’s Mothers are Tomorrow’s Older Women

Today we are mothers; tomorrow we will be older women. It’s inevitable. My colleague, Ashley Carson, fights the good fight against economic discrimination against mothers and other caregivers at the Older Women’s League. Her essay on congressional shenanigans with a “fast track commission”, bringing their ax down on our future social security benefits in the [...]

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