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The Never-Ending Student Loan for Mothers

The Never-Ending Student Loan for Mothers

As we find ourselves in the frenzy of holiday spending and gift giving, you may be surprised to know that the amount of student loan debt across the country actually exceeds the amount of credit card debt. It used to be that borrowing to buy a house or earn a college degree was called “good [...]

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Starting Behind, Never Catching Up

Starting Behind, Never Catching Up

Crack researchers at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) have long been seeking the reasons behind the the difference in men’s and women’s earnings. New findings with far reaching implications were revealed as they unveiled their report, “Graduating to a Pay Gap“, via a briefing and live webcast from Washington, DC. The assumption was that by [...]

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Remember This About the 2012 Election

Remember This About the 2012 Election

Thank heavens the campaign season is finally over. I was so done with the constant political commercials and their scary, sneering tone. “Vote for our guy, because the other guy is evil incarnate, and death and destruction will rain down from the skies if he is elected.” Yuck. My children were capable of more honest [...]

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Profits or People?

Profits or People?

The nature of government is a central topic in this election. What is it’s role? Whom does it serve? Can it be trusted? Does it create jobs or not? Is it like a business? Is the economy more productive  if the President has experience in business? The answer to the last question has been answered by history, and the answer [...]

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Two Americas, Male & Female

Two Americas, Male & Female

An alien visiting the US would likely conclude that women in general and mothers in particular are of little importance.  Who runs for public office and interprets the law in the courts?  Mostly men.  Who enforces the law?  Mostly men.  Who controls the banks, sits on the boards, and makes business decisions?  Mostly men.  Who [...]

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Vote Early.  Vote Often.

Vote Early. Vote Often.

Okay, that was sort of a joke. You can’t really vote often. You can only vote once. But you may vote early if you want to! In 36 states and the District of Columbia you are allowed to vote before election day, for any reason. It’s an awfully good idea – no last minute snafu, [...]

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The Kids Are (NOT) All Right

The Kids Are (NOT) All Right

The first debate in this presidential campaign season is remarkable not for what the candidates said, but for what they didn’t say. In spite of the fact that the Presidency cannot be won without a majority of women’s votes, discussion of the economy and health care was narrow and bogged down in mindless detail. Worse, [...]

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Pregnant @ Work

Pregnant @ Work

Now that roughly half the paid workforce is female, pregnancy issues  surface regularly at work. You may have thought that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”), passed in 1978, would have settled all this already. You’d be wrong. First of all, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that 62 percent of  women who give birth [...]

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From MOMAgenda: Moms Have Election-Year Muscle; Use It or Lose It

From MOMAgenda: Moms Have Election-Year Muscle; Use It or Lose It

Your (Wo)Man in Washington is lucky to count Allison Stevens among her friends and colleagues, a politically savvy mother of two boys and writer for Women’s Enews. She penned this fabulous piece earlier this week, and has given me permission to place it before you here. You may of course want to see it in its [...]

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You Can Ignore It, But It WON’T Go Away

You Can Ignore It, But It WON’T Go Away

I suspect that one reason the U.S. has made so little progress towards pro-caregiver policies is that women figure once the children grow up and go to school, the work/family conundrum will sort itself out. We may have a few rough years of living on just one income, or being uncomfortably stretched by the high [...]

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