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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 [...]

Scrambling for Stability: The Challenges of Job Schedule Volatility and Child Care

Posted March 27th, 2014 by and

For Karen, a part-time package delivery person and mom to a one-year-old, making child care arrangements is a weekly exercise in scrambling. That’s because Karen receives notice of her schedule only one week in advance, and her shifts fluctuate. The volatility of her schedule makes everything harder. Karen struggles to find friends and family to [...]

No One Tells Mamma to “Just Go Home!”

Posted March 19th, 2014 by

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women’s Rights Project Imagine you have just returned from maternity leave, still nursing your baby, and you find that your workplace has no place available for you to pump breast milk.  After trying for several hours to find a place, you ask for help from your department head, who says “You [...]

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 [...]

#DoubleBooked: 12 Tips for CLIPS (Career Loving Involved Parents)

Posted March 2nd, 2014 by

This piece, written by Rachel and her husband, Mark Davies, originally appeared at The Huffington Post on February 11, 2014. It also appeared as part of the Religious Action Center’s blog series “Double Booked: A Conversation about Working Families in the 21st Century” on Februrary 14, 2014.  Double Booked deals with the many issues that affect working families, and features [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Where is the love for #BlkBfing? Join the 2/12 chat!

Posted February 7th, 2014 by

The #BlkBfing chat is back on 2/12 at 7 PM ET with a powerful conversation on the hidden importance of support for successful breastfeeding from family support and nursing in stores to workplace pumping and family leave.  The chat is hosted by MomsRising,, mater mea and Women’s eNews. Our guests and co-sponsors include: Breastfeeding ROSE Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association HealthConnect One [...]

Closer Than You Think

Posted February 3rd, 2014 by

I wrote this post for the Mothers Central Blog, where it appeared on January 16, 2014.  Kate Fineske, the mother-in-charge of the site, graciously gave me permission to cross post it on my own blog, where you will find it in full below.  Check out the rest of Kate’s collection about parenting, motherhood, and how [...]

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