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Old Fight, New Approach: Companies Profit from Parity

October 20, 2014
So you have an important job interview. Your sitter cancels. What do you do? When it happened to First Lady Michelle Obama, she packed up baby Malia, carted her into that job interview, and was completely surprised when she still landed the job.
 
The First Family's efforts to make sure our workplaces are not something out of a " Mad Men episode" comes from a very personal place.
 
This month is National Work and Family Month . It is a public awareness campaign to encourage companies to respond to America's modern dual income family paradigm. 

Why they would have to be encouraged at all...
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From Cuddling to Canvassing

October 14, 2014
Lately, our idea of a hot date is to fling ourselves onto the couch. Then my husband casts me a knowing glance. I nod. And the big turn on begins. With the touch of Casanova, he fondles not just one, but five remotes, as we settle in to enjoy the PBS series about Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Sexy? Not even I am that clinical . But there is something satisfying about watching this series with the man I love. Together, we learn tidbits of history that help us make sense of our world. We gasp at a sepia image of shacks dotting an urban waterfront. Could that be Seattle? These...
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11 Great Reasons to Vote

October 14, 2014
We’re just a few weeks away from an incredibly important election. The votes people cast Nov. 4 will shape our future and our children’s. I’m sure you are planning to vote, but maybe you know people who are on the fence—who think elections in non-presidential years just aren’t that important. Not true! Here are 11 great reasons you can share with them to get them to the polls: 11. Bad politicians aren’t just elected by people who vote for them. They’re also elected by people who don’t vote at all. Don’t help elect politicians who work against your interests. 10. You can elect leaders who will...
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"Scandal" champions women!

October 10, 2014
Scandal , the show created by one of the few women writers and producers working on primetime TV, Shonda Rhimes, regularly has us buzzing with excitement on Thursday nights when it airs. And we are particularly excited right now because of how the new season is unfolding. Already, the Emmy-award winning program has taken on: Violence against women Unequal pay Paid family leave (maternity/paternity leave) Sexual harassment in the workplace And gun violence… … all in just the first three episodes! Here’s what Olivia Pope, Scandal’s main character, actually said in a recent episode: “Somehow,...
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Secret Life of FMLA: Shifting the Family Leave Conversation from She to We

October 2, 2014
I was out the other night with some of my colleagues and we were discussing ideas about what could help create a more supportive work culture at our university. The only two women at the table spoke about the need for more family friendly workplaces, specifically the need for paid family leave. We spoke about patched together leave that we or other women we knew had managed for the births of children. I told them that I was only able to take three weeks for the birth of my second son because I couldn’t afford to take unpaid leave and I didn’t have enough sick days to cover longer. My female...
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Thank a Suffragete: Celebrate National Voter Registration Day!

September 23, 2014
This weekend I will have the privilege to sit with my early childhood education advocate peers in the same room at Cranalieth as Susan B Anthony, Rachel Avery and many other suffragetes when they worked through fighting for a woman's right to vote.
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Mothers, Democracy and Hurricane Iselle

August 13, 2014
The following post, with minor modifications, was first featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser as an op-ed last week, right before Hawaii’s state primary. The first sentence of the editorial read: " As this primary season comes to an end.. ." But the primary season did not end on Saturday as Hurricane Iselle hit parts of the state, impacting the ability of some residents to cast their ballots. So one polling location will open this Friday to serve those who were not able to vote, but it's still unclear whether they will truly be able to exercise their rights as citizens because many of them...
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Open Letter to Congress during Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August 13, 2014
Please note: this post was originally published in my blog, LadydeeLG. (Feel free to visit!) Dear Members of Congress, How are you enjoying your summer break? I thought I'd write a note to let you know, in case you missed it, that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month . Doctors recommend that babies be exclusively breastfed for six months. The benefits of breastfeeding exclusively have been well documented … research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months may be less likely to develop childhood obesity, and less likely to develop other illnesses like...
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Paid Leave: A No-Brainer for Businesses and a Lifesaver for Workers

August 4, 2014
Could it be that workers whose employers offer leave benefits actually end up getting sick less often because they are happier? Senator Al Franken (D-MN), tongue firmly in cheek, proposed this “radical” idea at a hearing on paid leave held by the Senate Health Economic Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Children and Families.
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Connecticut Has a Chance to Be a Leader on Paid Family Leave - Here's Why

August 4, 2014
After the White House Summit on Working Families in June, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) developed a new grant designed to help states study the economic feasibility of creating a system of paid family leave. The grant announcement stated that up to five states may be selected for this opportunity and that the application must be submitted through the Governor’s office by the end of July. My co-chair of the CT Campaign for Paid Family Leave and I jumped at the chance to encourage our state to apply. Our governor agreed right away to work with our Connecticut DOL in drafting the grant and...
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