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Shay Chan Hodges

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 [...]

Julia Rosenblatt

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 [...]

Liz Ben-Ishai

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 [...]

To-wen Tseng

What you want to know about the “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law

Posted March 22nd, 2014 by

What you want to know about the “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law Earlier this month, ACLU Nationwide sent a letter to a Colorado employer, documenting multiple violations of the federal “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law. While calling on DISH Network to provide adequate space and privacy for its nursing employees, ACLU sent a [...]

ACLU

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 [...]

Nanette Fondas

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 [...]

Valerie Young

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 [...]

Courtney-Rose Dantus

Let’s blog about women and retirement security

Posted March 5th, 2014 by

Women and Retirement Security Blog Roundup Despite decades of social and economic gains, older American women are still twice as likely as elderly men to be living near or below the federal poverty line. Two-thirds of American women older than 65 have no retirement income other than Social Security and the average monthly Social Security [...]

Liz Shuler

Food, Fashion and a Little History

Posted March 4th, 2014 by

Good work, moms!: No one seems to know exactly what to thank for the 43% drop in obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds. Michelle Obama? Food stamp changes that make fruits and veggies more affordable for low-income families? I know who to thank: You…moms. Many factors probably contribute to this huge improvement, but the fact that [...]

Rachel Laser

#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 [...]

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