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Keep – Don’t Cut – CA Commission on Status of Women

June 21, 2011
No one would argue that former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a passion for women’s . . . issues. But throughout his seven-year tenure, Arnold never made a serious and sustained effort to terminate the state’s Commission on the Status of Women. Let’s be real – it was sheer political expediency: By not messing with the Commission he didn’t risk raising “the woman issue” and the charges of sexual harassment that nearly derailed his first political campaign. Under the previous Administration of Governor Davis, the Commission was an active part of a coalition that successfully...

Hope and Hypocrisy Under the Golden Arches

June 20, 2011
As advocates for deep change know, big success is often preceded by small incremental changes that may go unnoticed by the general public. It seems the effort to stop fast food companies from hawking toys to kids is gaining ground. I was watching Friday Night Lights recently (a great show if I don’t fret about the product placement) and blithely forwarding through the commercials when an ad for McDonald’s Happy Meals stopped me cold. There were no toys. Intrigued, I rewound and watched in real time: We see a multi-racial bunch of totally cute kids with Happy Meal boxes—but they’re empty. A...
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Child Care Cuts Would Affect Us All

June 17, 2011
This morning, like millions of other parents across the country, I dropped my daughter off at child care on my way to work. In choosing a licensed child care provider to care for her, I made certain assumptions about the standards that provider would be required to meet. And, probably like many other parents, I take for granted that the government plays a role in helping to ensure my daughter’s health and safety. In the policy arena, we often refer to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) as the program that funds state child care assistance programs that help low-income families...
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An ugly lesson for kids

June 3, 2011
Yesterday my family was proud to join other children and moms braving the 100 degree heat to hold a lemonade stand at the General Assembly raising money for education and other kids’ programs cut in the current budget proposal. Unfortunately, in addition to raising some much needed money for the state budget, our children learned an ugly lesson in politics as they attempted to deliver their donations to Speaker Tillis and Senator Berger. The stand, organized by NC MomsRising and Together NC, raised $140 through small donations chipped in by families and school children visiting the museums...
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That's What I Am: Professional Wrestling, Bullying and Teachers

May 26, 2011
There are children today who have to remind themselves every day, “I’m a human being. That’s what I am.” They have to remind themselves because they are not treated like human beings with hearts and souls. They are tormented and frightened and threatened. And if we are human beings, we will make it stop.
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Kiss a Teacher

May 11, 2011
For political reasons, it seems to me, some high profile politicians have decided to make public school teachers the scapegoat for a bad economy (caused by Wall Street tycoons that got to keep their bonus billions for causing a global financial meltdown, by the way).
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A bad mix

May 11, 2011
What do you get when you mix former D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett? You get bad policies for kids and bad policies for our schools. What if you add a sprinkle of ultra-conservative, anti-public education billionaires for good measure? You get bad policies for kids and schools—on steroids. As an educator and resident of Wisconsin, I am appalled at the company that my governor keeps. The American Federation for Children (AFC), which hosted Walker, Corbett and Rhee in Washington this week, is a group founded by the...

Research Roundup from the Institute for Women's Policy Research: Mother's Day Edition

May 6, 2011
In time for Mother's Day, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a leading think tank in the U.S. focusing primarily on domestic women’s issues, released a compilation of recent IWPR research findings that illustrate the current status of women, especially mothers, in the U.S. When IWPR posted a “Top 5” list of our most revealing research findings last December, we were so encouraged by the level of interest our readers showed in the post, that we decided to turn it into a regular roundup. Although intending to compile another “Top 5” list, the first four months of 2011 were so action-...
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Amy Poehler, the TIME 100 Gala, & our National Care Crisis

May 5, 2011
I’ve always laughed at whatever comes out of comedian Amy Poehler’s mouth, but when I read her speech at last week’s Time magazine gala dinner, I cried. Named by Time as one of this year’s 100 “most influential people,” the Parks and Recreation star cracked plenty of jokes—“I have so much influence; I’m lousy with influence”—but when it came time for her to acknowledge the award and say her thank yous, she made serious use of her spotlight, choosing to turn it in the direction of the nannies who have made her thriving career possible: I have thought very hard and long about what has...

Getting Stronger Every Generation: Six Women’s Stories

April 25, 2011
When Mother’s Day was first celebrated, it was a call for women to unite against war. It was a day of activism founded upon the belief that change must come from work built across generations. As we celebrate Mother’s Day and honor our mothers, we are reminded that sustained social change depends on a commitment across generations. 2011 has already proven this principle many times over. We have all been captivated by the mobilizations of people across the Middle East and North Africa, demanding a voice in their own futures. Yes, the waves of protests rolled at lightning speed. But these...

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