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Must Be Nice… Wish I Had a Kid

Posted October 29th, 2013 by

If you’ve not only heard about – but really thought about -  the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance that was just passed in San Francisco, you know what we’re getting at with this title. If you’re still celebrating the legislation that will go into effect on January 1, 2014, you may want to stop reading as we expose [...]

Author of “Maxed Out” talks about why American moms are on the brink

Posted September 9th, 2013 by

A few months ago, I received a note from a longtime friend, Joan Blades (co-founder of MomsRising) introducing us to Katrina Alcorn. Joan thought we might support each others’ work, and it turns out that yes, supporting each others’ work was indeed a no brainer. I learned about the book Katrina was writing – Maxed Out: American Moms [...]

Tips on How to Join a MomsRising Tweetchat

Posted August 30th, 2013 by

What is a MomsRising Tweetchat? MomsRising tweetchats are opportunities to discuss core issue areas related to the economic security and well being of moms and families (like healthcare or food justice) by using a subject specific hashtag. We invite experts in the field to answer member questions, share the latest resources, and invite members to [...]

Planning a Career Break? Make Sure It’s a Pause, Not a Dent

Posted August 16th, 2013 by

A decade ago, Lisa Belkin wrote “The Opt Out Revolution,” a New York Times Magazine piece that became instantly famous. It profiled women who had chosen to leave high-profile careers to stay home full-time, arguing that they had opted out because (to quote one) “women’s brains light up differently.” I subsequently wrote a report documenting [...]

Reflections on being an at-home dad

Posted July 10th, 2013 by

Today’s the last day of my paternity leave, so I wanted to reflect a bit on the experience. When I tell people I’m on a 4-month leave, the initial response is typically surprise that my company offers such a generous benefit. Facebook’s paternity leave policy is unusual, but I hope it becomes less so. It’s [...]

Marissa Mayer & Yahoo Send a Clear (Negative) Message to Employees & Working Parents

Posted March 14th, 2013 by

This story originally appeared in the Modern Mami blog. News of Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, eliminating workplace flexibility and forcing all employees to work in the office (even those that were already telecommuting) hit the Internet this past weekend with much backlash. Many people felt her decision negatively affects working parents and destroys chances of moving forward [...]

Leaning Together: A MomsRising Blog Carnival

Posted March 13th, 2013 by

This week, traditional and new media outlets are abuzz with news about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. For once, the focus of the media is on workplace policies and practices that directly impact women and families. So we’re taking the tiger by the tail! In celebration of all women, and of Women’s History [...]

Welcome to the Past: Best Buy Embraces Last Century Management Practices

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

Best Buy Co, Inc. has gone backwards in time, following the footsteps of Yahoo! and demanding all hands on deck. We’re certain that other organizations are going to stumble backwards as well over the next few weeks. When we heard the news, we weren’t surprised; as new management came on board over the past few years – management [...]

Teleworking Helps Mothers “Lean In”

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

This story originally appeared in Psychology Today. National Telework Week buzzed about, ironically, bans on telecommuting. Last week, Best Buy announced the end of its work-at-home program known as ROWE (results-only-work-environment), on the heels of Yahoo’s ban on remote work a week before. Then snowstorms hit the midwest and east coast, closing schools and businesses, [...]

Let’s Lean In to Updating our Work Culture!

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

Sheryl Sandburg’s new book Lean In puts a spotlight on the shortage of women leaders in the work force. She underscores that motherhood is a time when many women get side tracked from their careers. She advises young women to “lean in” in order to stay on track, move up the hierarchy, and become leaders. [...]

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