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For Many The Wage Gap Starts at Home

Posted April 8th, 2014 by

More than fifty years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, the gender-based wage gap has only shrunk by 17.6 cents and it is predicted to take another fifty years until it disappears. Today is Equal Pay Day, the day we acknowledge a woman needs to work a year and three months to earn [...]

Moguls, Moms & Maids: From Wall Street to Main Street

Posted December 13th, 2013 by

Last Sunday’s New York Times article “Wall Street Mothers, Stay-Home Fathers” may focus on a small but growing sliver of couples in the privileged world of Wall Street, but there is a message in there for all working parents: stay-at-home fathers are not like stay-at-home mothers, and actually, we shouldn’t want them to be. Authors [...]

Support for Working Mothers Shouldn’t Be a Perk

Posted June 30th, 2013 by

A recent article in the New York Times seems to confuse corporate perks with what should be corporate priorities. In “The Calorie-Packed Perk,” Molly Young wrote about the many perks high tech start-ups offer employees: birthday cake, barbecue, Pinkberry, pinball machines, nursing rooms and “lactation consultants.” (Quotation marks hers, not mine.) According to, a perk is [...]

What to Give a Working Mother for Mother’s Day

Posted May 12th, 2013 by

After a long week at work, and the weekend filled with two soccer games, a dance recital and a birthday party, I’ll drive 75 minutes to visit my mother this Mother’s Day. There’s no time for breakfast in bed, a manicure/pedicure with friends or dinner and a movie. That’s okay; that’s not what this working [...]

What Romney Didn’t Say Most Troubling for Working Mothers

Posted October 21st, 2012 by

More telling than Governor Mitt Romney’s inaccurate “binders full of women” comment during the presidential debate last week, were his comments about workplace flexibility, and, the comments he didn’t make. When asked by voter Katherine Fenton how he planned to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, Romney said, “I recognized that if you’re going to have women [...]

For Working Mom, the Wage Gap is Personal

Posted September 16th, 2012 by

Data from the U.S. Census released this week revealed the sobering fact the gender wage gap is not closing; the 2011 data is not statistically different from the 2010 data. Last year, the median earnings of women who worked full time, year-round was 77 percent of that for men working full time, year-round. That gap [...]

The GOPs Mixed Message to Mom

Posted September 4th, 2012 by

The Republican National Convention concluded last week after Mitt Romney accepted his party’s nomination and not before Republicans made a desperate attempt to court women voters. The convention featured an impressive lineup of female speakers including former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and of course, [...]

This is the Year to Close the Wage Gap

Posted April 17th, 2012 by

Tuesday, April 17 is Equal Pay Day, again. Equal Pay Day 2009 was impetus for my starting this blog. That day I dropped my son at school; at my request he was wearing red – one of the ways activists observe the day. As he was filing into class, I turned to a group of [...]

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