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Babygate: What You Really Need to Know About Pregnancy and Parenting in the American Workplace

  To follow last week’s interview with authors Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, and Elizabeth Gedmark, here’s an excerpt from their new book Babygate.  Don’t forget to take a copy of their discussion questions to your next book club meeting! Are you pregnant or thinking about taking that step? Maybe your partner is pregnant, and you [...]

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Mothers of the Century (21st)

Prepare to be impressed with yourselves, girls.  The US Census Bureau just put out new numbers on maternity leave and employment which show we’ve spent the past 40 years investing wisely in ourselves.  First time mothers are more likely to have at least an undergrad degree by the time they give birth, now at an average [...]

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The Land of (Unequal) Opportunity

The weather changed literally overnight.  Yesterday it was shorts and sunglasses.  Today it’s socks and sweaters, and some serious statistics about what mothers are facing as they try to raise their kids and take care of their families. The latest poverty numbers from the US Census Bureau show what an uneven playing field we have [...]

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"The Price of Motherhood" Revisited

As July 12 is my birthday, I’m turning the keyboard aboard over to our latest MOTHERS member, Laura LaMonica of Stella, North Carolina. She’s a freshly minted Ed.D. and recently just happened to be reading The Price of Motherhood by our very own Ann Crittenden. You’ll find below her fresh take on this book which [...]

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Paycheck Feminism

Karen Kornbluh, long a hero of mine, has written an article for the current issue of Ms. Magazine. She notes the 50% workforce participation rate for women, and hails this moment as a critical opportunity to update our infrastructure, i.e. employment benefits, child care accessibility, income tax policy, and the Social Security system. Just as [...]

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Changing the Conversation

Contributed by MOTHERS volunteer and guest blogger Rosanne WestonIn an October 24th NY Times op-ed piece by Joanne Lipman, once the deputy managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, she bemoaned the stalling of women’s progress in the workplace. In the Arts and Leisure section a week earlier Katherine Dieckmann, director of the new film [...]

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Work Environments that Work for Families

Written by MOTHERS volunteer Kelly Coyle DiNorcia ( Before I became a mother, I spent long hours in the office. I probably logged sixty or seventy hours a week as an administrator for a non-profit organization on average – during busy times it was more than that and less during the slower months. When I [...]

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The Opting Out Myth

The US Senate decreed in 2003 that October be designated Work and Family Month. This year’s observance started off with a BANG this morning with the Washington Post announcing on its front page that the “opt out revolution”, i.e. working women leaving the board room for the play room, was a myth. Based on US [...]

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100 Best Companies for Family Friendly Policies – Really?

Working Mother magazine has just hit the desk, and the cover trumpets the annual listing of 100 Best Companies for working mothers and other caregivers. The implicit message is that American business acknowledges the value of workers with caregiving responsibilities, and is happily adopting workplace practices to enhance their effectiveness at both the work and [...]

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Kim Clijsters, Motherhood & Feminism

From the New York Times about Kim Clijsters winning the Women’s Singles US Open Championship after having a baby 18 months ago: “The Clijsters narrative is not just about an underdog’s comeback, but about the dreamy, irresistible illusion the 1970s wrought: the fantasy that women can be all things, the idealized mother and the brilliant [...]

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