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At Long Last, A Strong Female Lead Commands the TV Screen

October 12, 2011
If you peruse the latest list of Fortune 500 CEOs, it's easy to notice what they have in common: there are almost no women among them. In fact, women lead only 12 of the FORTUNE 500 companies , down from 15 the previous year. Couple that with the fact that there are only 17 female Senators , and it's easy to see that women's diverse voices aren't regularly heard on a national scale. That's why it's so important to tackle the problem of the unbalanced representation of women in media, particularly television and film. On October 29, Link TV will be the only US television network that will be...
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Gov. Brown deals "crushing blow" to child care providers & parents

October 11, 2011
Child care providers—and the moms and dads who depend on us to help educate and safely care for their children while they are working—were dealt a crushing blow by Governor Brown this week when he vetoed AB 101. California’s child care system is broken and drowning in a sea of red tape- 5,700 providers decided to shut their doors last year alone. Governor Brown’s rejection of AB 101 shows a lack of understanding not only of how important child care and early education services are to kids, but also to California’s economic recovery. Our services are an essential support for working parents,...

We're Not Buying It: Stop Junk Food Marketing to Kids

October 10, 2011
On Wednesday morning, a faceoff between kids’ health and the food industry will reach a months-long culmination. CEOs from some of the biggest food companies in the world will show up to say they should not be held accountable—even by voluntary, science-based guidelines—for the foods they market to kids. Think they have our kids’ best interests at heart? We’re Not Buying It . Federal health and consumer protection experts (known as the Interagency Working Group), have proposed reasonable, science-based nutrition guidelines to help provide a model for companies that market to kids...

5 Reasons Why Kids Should Play in School

October 3, 2011
Are your children getting enough time and space to play in school? Sadly, despite numerous studies proving that play is vital to children’s learning and health, schools across the country are slashing recess; piling on homework; and banning tag, soccer, and even running on the schoolyard. It’s time to do something about these disturbing trends, and here’s why: Since 1990, American creativity scores have been falling, attributed in part to the lack of “creativity development” in our schools. At the same time, an IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the number one “leadership...

Workplace Culture Wins Every Time

September 27, 2011
Last week reading a few new articles on worklife fit, brought to mind a mantra I have about organizational change. In the battle between well-intentioned policies and the unwritten rules of any workplace, unwritten rules win every time. From the Sloan Center on Aging and Work came this Fact of the Week, Few Employers Provide Training on Workplace Flexibility . Specifically only 21% of employers train managers, and only 17% train workers. In the Wall Street Journal, Penalized for Balancing Work and Family highlighted a new study showing once again that even in companies that offer worklife fit...
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“Science” Says No to Single-Sex Education

September 26, 2011
By Galen Sherwin, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project When it comes to public education, there is no doubt that we are in a crisis, particularly when it comes to low-income and minority students. Unfortunately, the search for solutions has led to a movement across the country to establish single-sex classrooms and schools, many of which rely on the faulty theory that girls and boys learn differently and need to be educated separately. This is not a solution. Our sons and daughters deserve schools free from discrimination and stereotypes, including gender stereotypes. Last week’s news...
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What American Schools Just Don’t Understand (Or, Why My Family Might be Moving to Finland)

September 26, 2011
My husband and I are expecting our first baby in December, and we just might be moving to Finland within the next few years–unless schools around here get better soon. And by “better,” I don’t mean that they start churning out higher test scores. I want my daughter to go to a school where she can get her hands dirty. Where she can run around during the day. Where she can push her physical limits as well as the bounds of her own creativity. Where she can learn her reading, writing, and arithmetic but also essential life skills. A Finnish school sounds like just the place. For years now,...

Child Care Keeps California Working

September 23, 2011
Amparo Moreno cares for 8 children in her home, almost half of them with special needs and five of them eligible for subsidized care. Moreno's families are lucky. She used to work at a school for special needs adults and is passionate about helping children with behavioral issues master the social and self-care skills that let them attend school and become independent. "The child with special needs is the most loving person in the whole world," she said. When the family of one of her special needs children temporarily lost their subsidy, Moreno ran into difficulties. She was able to keep the...

MomsRising Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month – ¡Con Mucho Gusto!

September 21, 2011
On the occasion of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, MomsRising is celebrating Latina mothers across the United States, ¡Con Mucho Gusto! (With great pleasure.) With a population of 50 million in the United States (1), Latinos have and will continue to contribute to our country in a myriad ways to our economy, our children’s education, and our culture. When Latino families thrive, we all benefit from their contributions whether through taxes to our economy, volunteer hours at our children’s schools, or multicultural events. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month,...
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Make Every Day International Peace Day - At Home or At School

September 21, 2011
Around the world, myriad creative activities have been organized for September’s International Peace Day. And for those who prefer reflection, there is an organized pause, or moment of silence at noon worldwide on September 21, 2011. But for those for whom International Peace Day may have passed them by, how can we create a sense of International Peace Day every day? It takes work, and mindful effort, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Children from Chicago participate in Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Peace Day festivities (photo from by Jennifer Kim) On the global level,...
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