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A Single Mother With a Childcare Subsidy Writes to Paul Ryan

March 19, 2013
To Whom It May Concern: I'm a single mother with two kids under 3, a full-time student, and working, so I don't have much time to write. But I have to tell whoever is willing to listen that the daycare subsidy I receive has saved my life. I'm able to go back to school to get the kind of job that will help me afford to support the three of us on my own and I'm secure in the knowledge that my children are well-cared for and developmentally stimulated while I can't be with them. They will be ready for school right when I finish and together I see us accomplishing great things. None of this would...
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This Is Not a Joke.

March 19, 2013
It's not a horror movie. It's not a terrible dream. And it's not the punch line of an awful joke. This is real. And it's important. The 2014 national budget that Representative Paul Ryan just proposed, which the U.S. House is expected to vote on this week, is all cuts and no revenues . That's not sound fiscal policy. And it's certainly not a balanced approach to creating a healthy national economy. To be blunt, the proposed Ryan budget is so bad for women and families that it seems like the plot of a horror movie or a very bad joke. Tell Congress : Our national economy is nothing to joke...
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Washington’s New Governor Reappoints Early Learning Chief, Endorses Early Learning

March 14, 2013
Gov. Jay Inslee reappointed Dr. Bette Hyde to lead Washington’s Department of Early Learning during the next four years, a critical period when the state will work to ensure that its early learning systems continue to grow and are sustainable. The new governor had been moving through his appointments since taking office in January, but had not yet announced who would lead the cabinet-level early learning agency. On Tuesday, he tapped Hyde, who oversaw key stages of the construction of the state’s new early learning system and led a successful Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge...
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Work, Life and Responsibility

March 12, 2013
I have been following the deluge of blog posts, tweets, etc., which followed the publication of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article on “Having it All” . I gave my own response on “Having a life” in my blog , and also tweeted my take, which led her to quote me in her response. The overall consensus seems to be that there is no such thing as “having it all” — neither men nor women really have the time to do all that they want to do. However, for those in privileged positions, life can be about choices. For those less privileged, there often aren’t many options. There are always...
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Lean In, Chin Up and Tune Out

March 12, 2013
I’ve been thinking a lot about women and our place in society the last couple of weeks. This is appropriate, as it is Women’s History Month and was kicked off at PBS with “ Makers ,” a three-hour documentary on the “second-wave” women’s movement.I sat down to watch it last weekend and was enthralled. I am old enough to remember all the events portrayed in the film, but was too young at the time to grasp the significance of the earlier events. And while I happily recognize that we’ve “come a long way,” I am terribly sad and frustrated that we’re not even close to achieving true equality. If we...
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Caregiving in the Face of Hostility

March 12, 2013
Photo: I am holding my son, then a baby, at my parents’ home in New Hampshire in 2004. At the time, my parents, grandparents and youngest sibling lived in the same three-bedroom townhouse. Growing up, I always lived with extended family or family members stayed with us for extended periods of time. -Elisa Any day now, my baby sister, who is actually 28-years-old, will have a baby of her own and stay with me. She will be a single mother and I am her only family in the area. She and the baby will be the 6th and 7th household members in my three-bedroom house here in the San Francisco Bay Area...
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New Moms Can Lean In Too: Take Your Infant to Work

March 12, 2013
The volcanic national debate about women, work, and family erupts weekly these days, with Sheryl Sandberg’s much-anticipated book, Lean In, published yesterday, the news last week that Best Buy ended its flexible work-from-home ROWE initiative, and Marissa Mayer’s ban on remote working at Yahoo! the week before. The Mayer memo said Yahoo! needs workers side-by-side to foster creativity, innovation, and effectiveness -- despite its stature as an Internet path breaker. Emotions ran high , fueled by a passion for working flexibility many Silicon Valley workers feel. Parents, in particular, prize...
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Assessing Sheryl Sandberg’s "Lean In"

March 12, 2013
Sheryl Sandberg's well-researched new book, Lean In, focuses on helping women who aspire to careers identify and overcome negative societal messages they have internalized over the years – old scripts that undermine women’s self-confidence and hold them back from achieving their full potential on the job. It's not every day that a high-achieving woman proclaims herself a feminist, so I have been surprised by the amount of venom heaped on Sandberg’s book. Some commentators complain that Sandberg places too little emphasis on the institutional barriers and prejudices that stand in the way of...
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Working Women Blues

February 27, 2013
This story originally appeared in the Carolyn Edgar blog . There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about women in the workplace. From Anne-Marie Slaughter’s complaining about not “having it all,” to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg exhorting women to “lean in” to their careers (translation: suck it up) and not let little things like babies disrupt their rise to the top, to Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer boasting about her two-week maternity leave and cancelling the company’s telecommuting policy — op-ed pages and Facebook news feeds are full of people, mostly women, debating who has it right,...
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Sequestration Affects Kids and Moms

February 27, 2013
By now you've heard that federal budget cuts will take effect on Friday. And you've heard the strange-sounding name for these cuts: sequestration. Sequestration means across-the-board spending cuts, and this sequester was written into law in August 2011 as a kind of terrible incentive for lawmakers to pass a long-term deficit reduction plan. No one thought the cuts would actually take effect, but now – it is near certain – they will, and the fallout will reach all of us. For instance. Fewer law enforcement officials in your neighborhood, reduced efforts to keep drinking water safe, longer...
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