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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...

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...
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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...

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...

Tax Day Question: Can I Make Enough to Pay for Childcare?

April 18, 2011
When our daughter was born, my husband had just started his second year at a law firm and I had just been laid off from a part-time job. We sat down together to decide whether I should look for a new job or not. The question we asked ourselves was, “Could I make enough to pay for childcare?” If not...
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How hooked am I? Thoughts about my own Screen-Free Week

April 15, 2011
So my daughter-in-law stopped by the office yesterday to pick up a Screen-Free Week Organizer’s Kit. National Screen-Free Week, April 18-24, is hosted by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which I direct. She, her husband, and the two best little girls in the world—okay, in my world—are...
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Your Baby Can’t Really Read (and doesn’t need to)

April 13, 2011
Your baby can't really read. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood files FTC complaint against Your Baby Can Read for false and deceptive marketing.
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The Impact of Rep. Ryan’s Proposed Budget on Women and Families

April 8, 2011
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget slashes programs that benefit women and families and neglects important investments in future generations. by Caroline Dobuzinskis It’s in the Numbers There has been an onslaught of criticism in the media about how Representative Paul Ryan’s budget...
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A disturbing pattern

April 7, 2011
"It's offensive to me when politicians compare our current national budgeting issues with tightening a family budget. We moms know how to budget for our families. We know to not always buy the $20 steaks, but we don't cut out milk for our kids. The current proposed federal budget cuts literally...
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Can You Explain Your Sudden Objection to Going Potty?

April 6, 2011
I was in the ladies’ room in the airport. Honestly, I was minding my own business. Honestly, I wasn’t eavesdropping on the next stall. On purpose. Honestly, this is what I heard from the young mother to her child. “Stephanie, can you explain to Mommy your sudden objection to going potty?”
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