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What Would Gloria Do? #WWGD

Posted March 12th, 2014 by

The first MAKERS CONFERENCE was held in February, including a celebration of the life and work of Gloria Steinem. In honor of her eightieth birthday, it featured a video with touching and funny statements from Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Katie Couric, and others about Steinem’s life’s work that, as Marlo Thomas summarized, “connected [...]

Kate and William: Poised to Influence Parents Worldwide

Posted July 12th, 2013 by

Great Britain’s royal baby has a title but no birthday yet. Due any moment, the third-in-line to the throne already has thrust Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage philosophy and parenting practices into the limelight, where they will remain for nearly two decades. William and Kate promise a more modern style of marriage and family [...]

Teleworking Helps Mothers “Lean In”

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

This story originally appeared in Psychology Today. National Telework Week buzzed about, ironically, bans on telecommuting. Last week, Best Buy announced the end of its work-at-home program known as ROWE (results-only-work-environment), on the heels of Yahoo’s ban on remote work a week before. Then snowstorms hit the midwest and east coast, closing schools and businesses, [...]

New Moms Can Lean In Too: Take Your Infant to Work

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

The volcanic national debate about women, work, and family erupts weekly these days, with Sheryl Sandberg’s much-anticipated book, Lean In, published yesterday, the news last week that Best Buy ended its flexible work-from-home ROWE initiative, and Marissa Mayer’s ban on remote working at Yahoo! the week before. The Mayer memo said Yahoo! needs workers side-by-side [...]

Will Marissa Mayer’s Baby Give Birth to a Leader?

Posted October 9th, 2012 by

How fitting that Marissa Mayer birthed her baby on the eve of National Work and Family month. Yet she disappoints other moms, bloggers and work-family advocates by stating she’ll work throughout her maternity leave, appearing on Fortune Magazine‘s cover in a decidedly not-pregnant glam shot and remaining silent about the feminist status her new power-mom-CEO [...]

Eat, Read, Sleep

Posted September 20th, 2012 by

Back-to-school night: With four kids, I’ve attended a few. Last night the Principal at my children’s grade school delivered an opening message worth memorizing: Eat, read, sleep. Families today are busy! It sounds trite, but it’s true. With 24/7 connectivity, a recession, and a global economy, most parents are working longer hours than ever. The [...]

Michelle Obama is Not Mom-In-Chief: Who Is?

Posted September 14th, 2012 by

Motherhood, apple pie and a good speech: Michelle Obama hit the bull’s eye in her Democratic Convention speech. But naming herself “mom-in-chief”–while endearing–missed the mark. Much ink has spilled already over her use of the phrase “mom-in-chief”: “If you feel let down by an arc that begins with anti-colonialism, immigration and women being dragged to [...]

Another Barrier to Maternity Leave for Those Most in Need: Knowing About It

Posted November 26th, 2011 by

On Wednesday a new poll [PDF] was released that shows that people who are most likely to need paid family leave are least likely to be aware of programs that provide it. Specifically, California registered voters were surveyed to assess their awareness of the state’s groundbreaking Paid Family Leave Act, passed nearly 10 years ago. [...]

Will They Still Make iPads, Mommy?

Posted October 6th, 2011 by

This morning my six-year-old snuggled next to me on the couch, an iPad on his lap open to a smurfs game app; the Wall Street Journal on my lap, headline blazing “Steven Paul Jobs, 1955-2011.” I lifted the paper up to show him the photo of Jobs and told him that the inventor of the [...]

Work-Life Balance? Forget It, Says Bloomberg Case Judge

Posted August 25th, 2011 by

At a time when work, workers and the workplace are “job one” for the struggling U.S. economy, it’s discouraging to find out that the nation just can’t get serious about taking half of its workforce seriously. The female half. I’m referring to Wednesday’s court decision in which  U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska dismissed a class-action discrimination [...]

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