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The Con Game

The Con Game

I wrote this piece for TheShriverReport.org, where it originally appeared on May 1, 2014. There’s a media storm going on about whether women are limited by sexism in our culture or by our own failure to push ourselves forward enough, hindered by self-doubt and persistent feelings of insecurity. It all started when journalists Katty Kay (no, [...]

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The Peril of Working While Pregnant

Peggy Young (no relation) had been a UPS employee for about a decade when she got pregnant.  Like most of us, she assumed there’d be no problem at work.  Her pregnancy was in no way unusual.  Everybody knew you couldn’t discriminate against pregnant workers.  We had the protection of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which had been [...]

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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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Guest Post – "It’s About Time" by Mindy Fried

I came across this essay by sociologist Mindy Fried about the lack of paid family leave in the US versus how common it is around the world. Also on my mind is the failure of the Paycheck Fairness Act to pass the US Senate this week. I think the two are related. Opponents of the [...]

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