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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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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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From Mayer to Maternity

From Mayer to Maternity

Marissa Mayer, the new Yahoo CEO, unleashed a media firestorm when she announced that she was pregnant. Suddenly everyone had an opinion about her plan to take a few weeks of maternity leave and work throughout that time from home. It proved women could handle top jobs in Silicon Valley, some said. It damages future [...]

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Paid Leave Is Good for Economy

Paid Leave Is Good for Economy

Hot off the presses – a new report finds access to paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child reduces the likelihood that a family will be forced to resort to public support or food stamps.  Rutgers University and the National Partnership for Women & Families have analyzed data in the  five U.S. states with [...]

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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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