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Your (Wo)Man in Washington is @ White House Working Families Summit

Your (Wo)Man in Washington is @ White House Working Families Summit

Early Monday I’ll be heading downtown for the much anticipated Working Families Summit hosted by the White House, the Center for American Progress, and the US Department of Labor.  There has never been a bigger event for work/family issues, gender equity, and women’s advocacy, and no other Administration has so identified with the challenge of [...]

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“A Little Bit of Credit”…. For Dad

“A Little Bit of Credit”…. For Dad

Mark Tyler and I  have been talking about the ups and downs of being the at home parent.  I asked him to write a post about his experience.  After several weeks of writing between bouts of  cooking, cleaning, hugging, story-telling, dressing, playing, undressing, bathing, brushing, combing, driving, picking up and putting away, he sent me [...]

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Mothers of Dead Children

Mothers are driven to protect their children. It’s innate. When the very laws we live by allow our children to die, with bullets buried in the bodies we birthed and love, our  hearts explode in rage and pain that transforms us and makes of us something distinctly other than that which we were before. This is [...]

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Heartbreak in New York

Funny how when women raise economic issues that have nothing to do with abortion, it still ends up being about abortion. Readers, gather ’round for a sad, sad story. The Governor of New York introduced a bill designed to promote women’s security in and out of the workplace called the Women’s Equality Agenda. It actually [...]

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Motherhood 101

Quite unexpectedly, I recently met Nicole Lynn Lewis, Founder and CEO of Generation Hope. You don’t meet a mom with her very own non-profit every day, let alone one so closely tied to the mission of maternal support and encouragement, so I was instantly intrigued. She graciously let me follow up after our great conversation with some [...]

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Single Mothers, Double Standard

Single Mothers, Double Standard

A lot of press about single mothers seemed to surface this week, I’m not sure why.  It’s on my radio (NPR, Tell Me More) and in my morning paper (The Difference Between Feeling Like a Single Mom and Being One, WashPost, 4/18,2013). Whatever it used to mean, as an identifier “single mother” it is not very [...]

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Uncoupled – Marriage and Motherhood

Uncoupled – Marriage and Motherhood

There is a significant change coming, and I expect the lives of our daughters and sons may not play out so much like ours as we expect.  Researchers looking at how we live, love and commit have found that women are less inclined to “put a ring on it” and willing to embrace motherhood without [...]

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Women Without History

Women Without History

I opened my daughter’s history book the other day and it hit me all over again. We may be in the 21st century, but our history is still the history of men.  Men who were kings, who invented machines, conquered weaker nations, compelled religious conversions, made scientific discoveries, sailed to foreign lands, and slaughtered each [...]

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Sheryl Sandberg’s Most Important Words

Sheryl Sandberg’s Most Important Words

“Success for me is that if my son chooses to be a stay-at-home parent, he is cheered on for that decision. And if my daughter chooses to work outside the home and is successful, she is cheered on and supported.” Sheryl Sandberg, NPR’s Morning Edition, March 11, 2013. If you stacked up everything that’s already [...]

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Marissa Mayer, I Say Thank You

Marissa Mayer, I Say Thank You

I could not be more delighted about the furor over Marissa Mayer’s nixing of the telework option at Yahoo! Really, it’s all good. Anything that puts the focus on women, motherhood and work makes me gleeful. The fact that these issues finally get a public airing has been so long in coming. Fully integrating women into all [...]

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