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Making Women’s History: From Patsy Mink to Paycheck Fairness

Posted April 8th, 2014 by

I was a bit surprised by the lack of coverage for Women’s History Month this year, particularly in the state where I live, since so many women who improved the lives of working families were pivotal to Hawaii’s history. It is essential that we continue to remember these women. While many people are aware of [...]

Who are the Real Mothers of Invention?

Posted April 2nd, 2014 by

In today’s Civil Beat, an online Hawaii public affairs outlet created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, inventor Lisa Brothers writes about how Patsy Mink’s Title IX legislation intersects with pending patent legislation, mothers, and the US road to innovation. Brothers is a single mother and nurse, who received her nursing degree when her daughter was four years [...]

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Leaning on Each Other to Lead: Parents have the skills and talents to create meaningful change together

Posted February 22nd, 2014 by

Last November I uploaded my ebook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, to the iBooks Store.  In addition to the next-gen interactivity within the book, Apple allows authors to update publications, with readers automatically receiving free updates.  So I designed a new cover (with the help of my artistic teenage son), [...]

Child Care, Farming, and Working Parents in Hawaii

Posted February 7th, 2014 by

Two months ago, I wrote a post called The Short Game: Taking the “Work” out of “Working Together” about a community event that included a congresswoman and about a dozen mothers and daughters.  I described how the act of women gathering together, to support each other and enjoy themselves while also doing important work, might [...]

Janet Yellen: Leaning On to Lead – Part I

Posted January 9th, 2014 by

This week the Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as the first chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Board in its hundred-year history.  Most reports about Yellen’s confirmation have taken note of her ascent through the glass ceiling, as well as her impact as a model for women and girls.  I was most intrigued, however, by the Huffington [...]

The Short Game: Taking the “Work” out of “Working Together”

Posted December 20th, 2013 by

Two nights ago, I hosted a gathering for my new ebook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy.  The event was an opportunity to experience the interactive nature of my project as well as to meet Hawaii’s Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, a candidate for US Senate, who is one of the interviews in [...]

Women Who Code – Why Including Motherhood in STEM Discussions Matters

Posted December 12th, 2013 by

With millions of students taking part in “Hour of Code,” a campaign supported by technology companies as part of National Computer Science Week, there is a lot of internet chatter about the importance of high-tech skills in an innovation economy. By late Tuesday, more than 60 percent of the students who had taken one of [...]

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