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We've had enough with tricks, Congress!

October 26, 2011
Congress is getting a little scary this Halloween season. In the budget debate, key programs for families, like affordable child care and preschool are on the chopping block. We've had enough with tricks! We’ve decided to make sure the voices of families are heard in the halls of Congress by spreading a little Halloween treat. Thousands of Parents and kids have already used our fun Congressional-Halloween-Costume-Creation-Station to create unique cards for Congress members with an important message. But we need more electronic cards for moms and kids to directly deliver on Halloween. Why take...
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“Miss Representation”—Poised to Advance a Media Movement

October 22, 2011
This article originally appeared at The Women's Media Center . The documentary shown on Oprah’s OWN network takes on the disparagement of women and girls in the media in a comprehensive way. Marianne Schnall talks to “Miss Representation” filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Jennifer Siebel Newsom We tend to pay attention to negative media treatment of women and girls only as isolated incidents spark an outcry—a sexist statement by an on-air commentator, a skeletal model on a magazine cover, a controversial advertising campaign. The full scope of the problem, and its dire implications for our...

Can Congress get any spookier?

October 19, 2011
On Halloween, kids can be whatever they want to be: From astronauts, to ghosts, to red-nosed clowns, all of their costume dreams can come true for a day. But we have a secret: There’s a little Halloween magic happening all year round. Quality early care and education gives kids the foundation to be anything they want to be when they grow up. Halloween gives them a day of dress up, while early education gives them a lifetime of possibilities. Budget numbers are flying around like bats on Halloween night right now--and we need to make sure Congress understands how important early childhood...
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Give Kids a Window of Opportunity!!!

October 14, 2011
Children in poverty need Head Start -- and right now, they need your help to be heard ! You know how thrilling it is watching your child develop, learn to smile, to speak, to read. We all want the best for our children, want to provide good food and stable homes and incredible amounts of love. But right now more than six million children under six are living in circumstances that can prevent their parents from providing good food and stable homes. Their parents can provide love, but their children are going hungry and may not have a safe place to sleep tonight. For some of those children and...

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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