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Lean On Me

My new friend and sister in the trenches is Shay Chan Hodges, the author of Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, which presents new perspectives on families and the future of work through a collection of twenty-six interviews and deep-diving interactive data.  The primary thesis of Lean On and Lead is that [...]

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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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Dancing on the Thin End Of the Wedge

It all started with Madeleine Albright. As the first female US Secretary of State, her arrival on the world stage in 1997 seems in retrospect to have ushered in a sustained and expanding period of women in diplomacy. Usually “manned” by someone “pale, male, and Yale”, three of the last four occupants of this top [...]

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The 30% Solution

Author Linda Tarr-Whelan unveiled her new book, “Women Who Lead the Way”, at a recent congressional briefing. Under the shadow of the Capitol dome, she explained her “30% solution” to problem-solving and decision-making. When women occupy 30% of any entity setting policy, they can influence the agenda, affect priorities, and bring their own particular skill [...]

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Women and Healthcare – We’ve Got More Skin In The Game

It’s tempting to just screen out all the noise and hoopla about healthcare reform. The TV glows with dozens of “experts” nattering on and on. Newspapers are full of charts and graphs. One group yells, another group yells louder. It would be easy to shrug your shoulders, say it’s a mess, and look away. It [...]

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Eighty-Nine Years – and Counting

On this day, 89 years ago, the 19th amendment was ratified. A moment of pause while we offer a silent prayer of thanks to the sisterhood of suffragettes and the suffragists whose sacrifice, suffering, and dedication made this possible. And this morning, a headline from today’s Washington Post, front page, above the fold:CLINTON PUTS SPOTLIGHT [...]

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We are #1 – Not!

The United States has held on to 27th place in an index of 158 countries documenting conditions for mothers throughout the world. Mothers’ education, access to health care, and economic status in each country were evaluated because they are the three factors most closely linked to the quality of children’s lives. The underlying data is [...]

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The New York Times Should Have Talked to Us

Researchers note that the pay gap between men and women M.B.A.’s has not narrowed as anticipated now that women are just as likely to get graduate degrees and comparable training. The New York Times reports that the culprit is not “a glass ceiling molded from a male prejudice”. No, the reason M.B.A. women don’t go [...]

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It’s Equal Pay Day!

In order to make what the average man made in 2008, the average woman has to work all of that year, and through today, April 28, in 2009. Equal Pay Day signifies that 23% gap between men’s and women’s wages, assuming both work year round and full time. Before I hear a chorus of “lifestyle [...]

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Contributed by MOTHERS volunteer and guest blogger Rosanne Weston.When I was growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I thought that “culture” was something people either had or didn’t. In my young thinking, those folks who listened to opera and attended the ballet had it; the rest of us who loved Elvis and considered dancing on [...]

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