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What I Learned At the Mothers Conference

October 31, 2010
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ I was at Rutgers University on October 19th for the "What Mothers Want" conference and it was a mamapalooza of the first order. It'd be hard to say who was the more interesting - the experts and advocates at the mic or the totally engaged and informed audience. Everybody knew motherwork was hard, vital, and made unnecessarily more difficult by the way work and family life are currently structured. Research presented let us listen to the opinions of thousands of mothers as they...
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Majority of Voters Support Workplace Flexibility, Job Quality and Family Support Policies

October 29, 2010
by Robert Drago and Jeffrey Hayes New data collected for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) by Precision Opinion finds widespread support across party lines, gender, race and ethnicity for policies that will assist working families and protect workers’ rights, especially for low income workers. The majority of registered voters favor political candidates who will promote policies that increase workplace protections from unfair treatment, and provide paid leave and flexibility to meet family care giving demands—and women consistently show greater support than men. “To excite...
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WOMEN in Management: Why Progress Has Stalled

October 27, 2010
Five reasons WOMEN's progress into management has stalled.
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Balancing on One Foot?

October 25, 2010
We moms start to learn from that first day a new baby arrives how to work faster, smarter, better. I, for one, often feel like the character in Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat , balanced on one foot, with several plates twirling in the air so that I can meet my responsibilities both at home and at work. We don't always have to be balancing on only one foot though. As co-founder of MomsRising, I'm happy to share that I've been hearing about quite a few successful new workplace practices for fitting work and life together--and which allow us to be balanced with two feet planted firmly on the ground...
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Telework Red Flags

October 22, 2010
I’m just back from the Telework Summit in Philadelphia. The conference was rather focused on the technical requirements for telework—issues of hardware, space and policy. All necessary stuff. But… With all the technical set-up, training and coordination required (HR, finance, facilities, IT), it’s easy to get swallowed up by those issues and not fully address the cultural and change management aspects of implementation. So while there were some great telework leaders in the group, I heard my share of red flags: Are you ashamed of your telework program? One organization that presented its...
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Leading the Way: Unions as Family-Friendly Employers

October 15, 2010
We know the value of unions to working Americans: unionized workers make more money, have more access to pensions, receive better health insurance, and have safer workplaces. Less known but equally critical is that unionized workers also receive more generous family-friendly benefits – union members are more likely to be in workplaces that promote a healthy and viable balance between work life and home life. But what about union staff? Working Mother recently released its rankings of the 100 Best Companies for family-friendly benefits and programs, and the National Education Association (NEA...

Lovin' Life, even when work life balance gets crushed for a single mom by a deadbeat dad

October 10, 2010
On a business trip to Chicago this past spring I got a new lesson in work life chaos and the crucial need for flexible working arrangements from a high school friend who is raising two boys in the shadow of a deadbeat dad scenario.

Moms turned inside out

October 6, 2010
Do you compare your insides to other people’s outsides? Most of us do, even though we know better. We’re social creatures. It’s natural to make comparisons. But we rarely get to glimpse other people’s insides . When we make our comparisons, we inevitably wind up comparing how we feel to how other people seem . This may partly explain why so many mothers feel so much guilt. We look around at the women we know from the office or the kids’ school and see patient parents, happy marriages, and well-adjusted children. And we think, What’s wrong with me? I let my kids watch too much TV and I snap at...
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Virtually Perfect Work

October 1, 2010
I work from home. So do all the people who work with and , the two organizations I co-founded. It works great for us and has for years, and so, when I read that the number of U.S. telecommuters dipped to 8.7 million in 2009 from 9.2 million in 2006 (according to the IDC, a Framingham, Massachusetts research concern), I did a double take. What is going on? Word is that this drop is not due to job loss or employers discouraging virtual work. Rather, employees are too anxious to ask for any kind of special work arrangement in uncertain economic times. Social scientists...
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Babies in… Parliament?

October 1, 2010
Licia Ronzulli, a member of the European Union's Parliament from Italy, with her baby. Licia Ronzulli, a member of the European Union's Parliament from Italy, sat poised and focused in her parliamentary seat. Her right hand raised in a vote, her left hand turning a page on her desk, and wrapped around her body, a newborn baby asleep in a sling. I'm a new mom too, and even though I work in a completely supportive environment, becoming a mom made me terrified for my career. For as many women as are now in the workplace, there are still relatively few successful models for new moms who want to...