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My Speech on Women and Work

October 26, 2015
Tomorrow I will be giving a speech about the state of working women. The event, which is sponsored by the National Women's Law Center, takes a look at both the progress we have made and what is left to be done to ensure women have equality in the workplace and our daily lives. Here are some...
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A Federal Program that Can Provide Support During the Critical Early Years

October 27, 2015
My youngest child just turned 12, but I can still remember how hard it was when my children were babies: the lack of sleep, the colicky evenings, the diaper blow-outs, the meals eaten with one hand, the worry when they ran a fever. But I never had to worry about whether we’d have a place to sleep...
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Stop asking me when I’m going to have a baby, because I just can’t afford it.

October 23, 2015
I’m tired of hearing the questions. “What are you all waiting for? If you want two kids, you should probably get started soon…” or “Why are you even thinking about it?! You’re so young - enjoy the time you have together now,” and my personal favorite “Don’t be worried, you two will make great...
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Fill in the Blank: My Child Care Waitlist is Longer Than...

October 23, 2015
In the midst of mothering a toddler, I see my life in pre-baby and post-baby. Pre-baby me had a lot of ideas about early learning. And given that I worked in the field, I had a lot of ideas about what my childcare situation would look like. Sure I knew that childcare costs an arm and a leg. Study...
Lauren Hipp's picture

Access to Campus Childcare – Supporting the Success of Today’s Parents and The Next Generation

October 20, 2015
As the economic challenges facing today’s students gain national political attention, it is critical to focus on a growing proportion of our student population – student parents. Indeed, the numbers may surprise you: approximately one quarter of today’s students have children , and fifty percent of...
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Women Workers and Unpredictable Scheduling

October 20, 2015
Unpredictable work schedules for hourly, low wage workers are on the rise in the US. These last minute, just-in-time schedules have a disproportionatel impact women workers and their families. On Wednesday, October 21 California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, Charing an Assembly Select Committee...
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Limiting Unhealthy Ads in Schools is Key to Kids’ Health

October 15, 2015
When I was a kid, I didn’t know when companies were trying to sell me something. I’m not unique; most kids don’t understand the intent of advertising. But marketing for unhealthy items – sugary drinks, chips, candy, fast food – can get kids to beg their parents or caregivers for those treats. Then...
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Time to Save Afterschool

October 9, 2015
Like many moms with children in middle and high school, I can remember when recess and gym class were an everyday part of kids’ lives. I grew up with daily games of kickball, ultimate Frisbee or volleyball, laps around an asphalt track ringing a football field and gym clothes crammed into a locker...
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3 self-care practices that keep me sane

September 18, 2015
Self-care is not about adding something to your to-do list, it’s about cultivating a kinder, gentler relationship with yourself . Renee Trudeau Our family is navigating some big transitions this month (who’s not, right now?!). As I shift into allowing myself to take life hour by hour, as needed, I...
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You Know What Congress Hasn't Seen?

September 15, 2015
The marbled halls of Congress see a lot of lobbyists in pin stripes. You know what they haven’t seen? A giant family relay race packed with kids and aimed straight for the Capitol, all to support affordable, high quality early learning and childcare! Will you help fill the U.S. Capitol with moms...
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