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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 [...]

Valuing America’s working families: A Blog Carnival on Powering the Engine of America’s Economic Growth

Posted April 7th, 2014 by and

Our country’s greatness was built on valuing America’s working families. At MomsRising and Progressive States Network, we believe that in America, more families should be joining a thriving middle class than falling out of it — powering the engine of America’s economic growth and national prosperity in the process. But our workplace standards are woefully out [...]

Gross Domestic Product – What if you got paid to raise your children?

Posted April 4th, 2014 by

The idea to write a play about motherhood came to me when I was writing my last play, Flipside and nursing my second child. Actually, it had been gestating since the day I was nursing my first child and complaining to my HartBeat Co-Artistic Director Greg Tate that the intersecting struggles of child care, career and being broke were making motherhood [...]

Baseball more important than the birth of your child. Seriously?

Posted April 3rd, 2014 by

What’s more important than the birth of your child? Baseball. Obviously. Just kidding. April Fools’ Day is over! But apparently New York sports radio hosts Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason — who is also a legendary NFL quarterback — didn’t get the memo when they lambasted Mets’ second baseman Daniel Murphy for taking a THREE-DAY paternity leave. They even [...]

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 [...]

Brigid Schulte is Overwhelmed – and So Are You! Part One

Posted March 10th, 2014 by

Author Brigid Schulte has a job, a house, a husband, several children, and a whole lot of stress.  She’s also just written a book, available online and at your favorite bookstore, called Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, about how we’ve taken on way more than we can handle, what [...]

Isaac Luria for #DoubleBooked: Building Human-friendly Workplaces that Value the Human Spirit

Posted February 26th, 2014 by

This blog originally appeared on February 25, 2014 as part of the Religious Action Center’s blog series “Double Booked: A Conversation about Working Families in the 21st Century.” Double Booked deals with the many issues that affect working families, and features everything from personal stories to policy analysis. Visit the Double Booked portal to read more posts and subscribe [...]

Fair Workplace Policies, Paternity Leave and More in Weekly Blog Roundup

Posted February 24th, 2014 by and

“The greatest gift that we have as human beings is our ability to empathize.” These words are attributed to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas. Empathy is just one of the big topics covered in the MomsRising blog posts this past week. Check out the top five blogs posts, comment on the stories [...]

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), [...]

#DoubleBooked: Reflections On My Working Father

Posted February 19th, 2014 by

I can still smell the steak that my dad grilled one night during my teenage years. He was a little bit obsessed with making this one lemon rice dish, but overall it was the perfect complement to any main dish- not so flavorful as to compete, but more exciting than plain rice. Nothing tasted better than his [...]

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