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TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Fund Our Littlest Learners

March 11, 2014
I remember sitting with my mom at the kitchen table learning how to balance a budget for a family. Those memories seem so distant! Now as an adult, I wonder how I'll ever make ends meet, now that child care costs more than college tuition in most states. [1] MomsRising has been lifting the voices of mothers to urge the President to prioritize funding to make sure our littlest learners get the best start in school and life. And we were heard! President Obama released his federal budget proposal last week, which greatly expands funding for high quality early learning for babies, toddlers and...
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Janet Yellen: Leaning On to Lead – Part I

January 9, 2014
This week the Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as the first chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Board in its hundred-year history. Most reports about Yellen’s confirmation have taken note of her ascent through the glass ceiling, as well as her impact as a model for women and girls. I was most intrigued, however, by the Huffington Post article that described the impact that other women had on Janet Yellen’s successful confirmation. According to Huff Post, it was Obama’s desire to nominate Larry Summers as Fed Chair that galvanized women to push hard for the eminently qualified Yellen. Summers’ “...
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Tasha's Story - Voices of the Unemployed: Part 3

January 7, 2014
Never, did I ever believe, that one day, I would be unemployed at no fault of my own. I’ve always been known as a dedicated, hardworking employee, motivated to get the job done, with a keen eye to detail. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but former employers have always raved about me! It’s true, just check out my LinkedIn Profile. After working in television production for almost 7 years, I decided to pursue a career in marketing. At the time, I had just completed my M.S. in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University and wanted to use the knowledge I gained in graduate school to advance my...
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1.3 million unemployed people left out in the cold #RenewUI

January 7, 2014
Outrage and frustration. That’s what we feel today knowing that Congress left Washington, D.C. for their holiday break without extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits program and now those benefits have been cut off completely for 1.3 million people . *Write your members of Congress and tell them to extend unemployment insurance immediately when they come back to Washington, D.C. this week: http://action.momsrising.org/go/3888 EUC expired on December 28th since Congress failed to extend the program before leaving for their holiday vacations. The 1.3 million people who...
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My story: Facing unemployment as a mom

January 3, 2014
It’s terrifying to be facing the holidays without even the prospect of a job. At least last year I had a seasonal holiday retail gig. With all the wonderful support I get from friends and Twitter followers (“You’re so fantastic, it’ll happen for you any day, I can’t believe you’re single AND no one will hire you, you’re amazing!”), it is beyond soul-crushing and so very hard to keep my head up. I try to stay positive, I try to believe in my talents and abilities, I try to remain ever hopeful that this nightmare will end so I can return to my dream job. I live in a state of constant...
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Top 13 MomsRising Blog Posts in 2013

December 31, 2013
There are only a few days left to 2013, and we wanted to celebrate all the individuals and organizations that have contributed to the MomsRising blog this past year. Here are a few of the most read posts on the blog this past year–we hope that you take some time to read these stories and add your own comment in the comment section. Feel free to also share these various stories and policy perspectives with your friends and families. With 2014 just around the corner, we look forward to continuing this vibrant discussion in the New Year. 1. Supermoms vs. Superbugs! A Blog Carnival to Save...
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The Short Game: Taking the "Work" out of "Working Together"

December 20, 2013
Two nights ago, I hosted a gathering for my new ebook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy . The event was an opportunity to experience the interactive nature of my project as well as to meet Hawaii's Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, a candidate for US Senate , who is one of the interviews in my book. I had specifically invited mothers and daughters, and about a dozen found time to come, during the week before Christmas. They ranged in age from 11 to 72 years old. And though they live in the same community, most of the women were not acquainted. Even I, the common...
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ICYMI: Our picks of the week! #Top5 Must-Read Posts

December 16, 2013
There are so many compelling, interesting stories published on the MomsRising blog every week. Below is a selection of posts we especially hope you didn't miss! Check them out; we'd love to hear which were your favorites in the comments below. Thanks! #RADIO this week! – The Real Feminist Nightmare – #FeminismIsForMothersToo “The real feminist nightmare is when women are undermined because they are mothers — particularly because more than 80 percent of women in our nation have children by the time they’re 44 years old.” Tami Winfrey Harri, Joya Misra, Lori Dorfman and Kristin Larson joined...
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FAQ: The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013

December 12, 2013
Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray and her House counterpart Rep. Paul Ryan yesterday reached a deal determining the level of federal discretionary spending for the next two years. In particular, the deal reduces the impact of sequestration, the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect in 2013. Q: Why is this the “$85 billion deal?” A: This deal totaled $85 billion in changes to projected federal spending. Around $65 billion of that total reduces the impact of sequestration in 2014 and 2015. The remainder is dedicated to reducing budget deficits. Q: Does this deal close tax...
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Asunto: ¿Has escuchado el consejo de McDonald’s para las vacaciones?

December 3, 2013
Perturbada. Así es como me sentí después de ver las últimas noticias de vacaciones que estaban saliendo de algunos de los negocios más grandes de nuestro país. Por ejemplo, los reportes de Noticias ABC . McDonald’s le está dando a sus empleados “consejos financieros” como, “Vender algunas de sus posesiones no deseadas en eBay o Craigslist le puede traer un poco de dinero rápido” y “Cántele adiós al stress: cantando sus canciones favoritas puede reducir su presión sanguínea.” Y, como fue reportado por The Nation , un Walmart en Ohio “está realizando una recolección de alimentos – ¡para sus...
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