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I support the FAMILY Act. Do you?

Posted February 3rd, 2014 by

I took advantage of California Paid Family Leave after my baby was born. During that 12 weeks, I bonded with my baby by breastfeeding him as often and as long as possible; I also built a very good milk supply. By the time I went back to work when my little one turned 3 months old, I had two [...]

Breast milk on the go

Posted January 17th, 2014 by

My job requires frequent traveling. As a journalist, I’ve been reporting from places such as quake-stricken Haiti, war-torn Mexico, and typhoon-damaged Taiwan. These are challenging works. The biggest challenge, though, is collecting and transporting breast milk while traveling. After all, I’m more a mother than a journalist. Lucky enough, America is a very breastmilk-country, in [...]

Sexism Is Alive and Well on the Interwebs

Posted January 15th, 2014 by

In documenting how she was stalked and threatened online, Amanda Hess, a feminist journalist, shines an unflinching spotlight on the ugly misogyny that too often pervades online forums, making women feel unwelcome or even unsafe just for speaking our minds. It is for similar reasons that (much as I cherish the First Amendment) I generally try [...]

How to pump at work like a supermodel

Posted December 23rd, 2013 by

There has been lots of discussion about supermodel Gisele’s breastfeeding photo. I’m thrilled that she is nursing her 1-year-old. I also envy her for being lucky to have such understanding colleagues that she could multi-task like that. For many mothers, it’s not possible to have their baby with them on the job and even asking for a reasonable time and/or space to pump [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Black Thursday, a.k.a. Thanksgiving

Posted November 27th, 2013 by

By Elizabeth Johnston and Liz Watson, National Women’s Law Center Cross-posted from NWLC’s blog For Walmart workers, this year Black Friday starts on Black Thursday, the day also known as Thanksgiving. Being open on Thanksgiving is actually nothing new for Walmart. What is new is that Black Friday sales will start at 6 p.m. on [...]

Generation Zero—Why Millennials, And All of Us, Need Family-Friendly Laws

Posted November 26th, 2013 by

A survey of recent University of Pennsylvania Wharton School graduates reveals that many young adults are planning to solve the work/family crunch by removing family from the equation. Only 42% of the undergraduate class of 2012 plans to have children, compared to 78% of the class of 1992, according to research by Stewart Friedman, author of the [...]

Goldman Sachs New ‘Saturday’ Rule is Beyond Ridiculous

Posted November 18th, 2013 by

What happens when Wall Street tries to give “flexibility” to their overworked employees? Something so ridiculous and astonishing, you’ll wonder if it’s straight out of the front page of The Onion. Something taken right from our speaking engagements when we give examples of the crazy things employers do to avoid getting clear about actual results. Last week Goldman [...]

Kids? What Kids? A Working Woman’s Bluff

Posted November 11th, 2013 by

At a recent business dinner, I was seated next to a woman who had founded  a venture-backed startup. Her company was about four years old, and had raised tens of millions of dollars. I’m an editor-at-large for Inc and At Inc, we write about entrepreneurs, and about burnout. So I asked her, “We always [...]

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