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Guest Post:  A Call for Reform – FMLA Didn’t Work For Me

Guest Post: A Call for Reform – FMLA Didn’t Work For Me

As the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act focuses attention on how unnecessarily hard it is to be both a worker and a mother or other family caregiver, Danelle Buchman writes of her own experience. She was a part-time employee at a organization too small to be covered by FMLA when she became [...]

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Happy Birthday to the Family Medical Leave Act!

Happy Birthday to the Family Medical Leave Act!

Wonky Washington is making merry about the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s signing of the Family Medical Leave. This was the federal law that required some employers to allow some employees to take up to 12 weeks away from work, without pay, to deal with the birth or adoption of  a child, a family member’s serious [...]

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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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Women On Wrong End of the Gun

Women On Wrong End of the Gun

The United States experiences epidemic levels of gun violence, claiming over 30,000 lives annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For every person  who dies from a gunshot wound, two others are wounded. In 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings. This is the equivalent [...]

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From Good Girl to Feminist

From Good Girl to Feminist

There was nothing ambiguous  about how I was raised. What my parents expected of me was crystal clear, as were the expectations of my teachers and my church.  Always serve yourself last, my mother said. Make sure, wherever you are, that everyone else is taken care of before you think of yourself. Don’t raise your hand [...]

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Steubenville

Steubenville leaves me speechless.

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Keeping A-”Breast” of the New Health Care Law

Keeping A-”Breast” of the New Health Care Law

A big change in public policy could bring mothers and their new babies much closer from now on. As of January 1, a provision of the Affordable Care Act, the health reform legislation passed by Congress in 2010, now requires that health insurers cover the cost of  breast pumps and lactation services for new moms. Before [...]

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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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Marissa Mayer: Damned if she does, Damned if she doesn’t?

Marissa Mayer: Damned if she does, Damned if she doesn’t?

This post first appeared on Wired Momma’s blog, December 4, 2012 Late last week was the first we’ve heard from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer since she had her baby two months ago and between her comments that it’s all she’s going to say and now she’s going back to being silent…and the reaction to her few [...]

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Deficit Reduction:  Women Will Suffer More

Deficit Reduction: Women Will Suffer More

Christmas trees are popping up around the Capitol, in front of the White House, and in the foyer of every K Street lobby shop.  While snowmen and Santa are everywhere, the talk is anything but festive and joyful – for the moment, the term on everyone’s lips is “shared sacrifice”.  As in, budget cuts will touch one [...]

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