Closer Than You Think

Closer Than You Think

I wrote this post for the Mothers Central Blog, where it appeared on January 16, 2014.  Kate Fineske, the mother-in-charge of the site, graciously gave me permission to cross post it on my own blog, where you will find it in full below.  Check out the rest of Kate’s collection about parenting, motherhood, and how [...]

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Phone Call for YOU!

Phone Call for YOU!

 Big doins’ this week!  We’re all getting on the horn to talk about women in the US, how to get to fair pay, why families need a paid leave program they can count on, and what paid sick days would mean for the economic security of moms and dads.  Just like child care, these issues [...]

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Hitting the Maternal Wall

Hitting the Maternal Wall

Having a baby is amazing.  It will turn your life upside down with changes.  But change is not happening when it comes to mothers’ mobility between work and home.  Educated women with professional jobs, as fortunate as they are, still have a lot to worry about.  As you read this message from a follower of [...]

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The US Supreme Court vs. Moms

The US Supreme Court vs. Moms

In the past 24 hours I’ve come across three items in two major newspapers that are totally unrelated, but in light of each other, suggest to me that women’s status in the US may be sliding back faster than it is moving forward.  Maybe you’ll agree? The first is an column by Dana Milbank, a [...]

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The FAMILY Act:  Stitching Up a Hole in the Safety Net

The FAMILY Act: Stitching Up a Hole in the Safety Net

I will be strapping on my snow boots and slogging up the Hill later this week to see star legislators Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro introduce a bill that would provide most workers with 12 weeks of partially paid leave for a birth, adoption, or to deal with their own or a family member’s serious medical [...]

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Staying Home as a Step Up

Staying Home as a Step Up

My New York Times Sunday Dialogue piece on pro-family policy changes that could improve caregivers’ economic security elicited a number of responses.  One led me to a post by  Valerie Adrian, a mother of 3 currently pursuing her Ph,D. in Sociology on the opposite side of the country, but engaged in issues of gender and work [...]

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What Do You Call Always Having a Date for New Year’s Eve?

Social security!!! I know, I know, you will be tempted to stop reading this post as soon as you realize I’m going to talk about retirement - AGAIN!.  But wait.  Maybe it feels too far away.  Maybe the problems you are solving today seem so much more important.  Maybe you are too maxed out with the here and now to even contemplate [...]

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A Mother on the Edge

A Mother on the Edge

This post originally appeared on the Mothers Central blog. You can see it here in its original form.  Thanks to Kate for letting me post it here in full. It was a desperate cry for help, and one that I could not ignore.  It came via email, at the end of the summer, from a [...]

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A Long Time Comin’…

A Long Time Comin’…

Ladies, we are in serious trouble here. In the annual ranking of 133 countries around the globe on the issue of gender equality, the U.S. once again fails to make the top 10. Or the top 20. We may be the world’s only remaining super power, but women are worse off here, according to the World Economic [...]

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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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