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MamásConPoder.org: A Dream in the Making

June 3, 2014
In May of 2006 I co-founded MomsRising with a mission of creating a multicultural movement of mothers – and of everyone who has ever had a mother! – to advance family economic security and to end discrimination against mothers. Since then, MomsRising has grown to a million members nationwide, including members in every state in our nation, who according to an analysis we commissioned, mirror the U.S. Census in terms of race and ethnicity.
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MamásConPoder.org: Un Sueño Haciéndose Realidad

June 2, 2014
En Mayo de 2006 fui cofundadora de MomsRising con la misión de crear un movimiento multicultural de madres – ¡y de todos los que hayan tenido una mamá! – para ayudar al avance de la seguridad económica familiar y para poner fin a la discriminación contra las madres. Desde entonces, MomsRising ha crecido y ahora contamos con más de un millón de miembros en todo el país, incluyendo a miembros en cada estado de nuestra nación, quienes de acuerdo a un análisis que comisionamos, reflejan el Censo de EEUU en términos de raza y etnicidad. Juntos, somos una fuerza poderosa. MomsRising ya ha celebrado...
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The Peer is the Political: Why The Cosmo Generation Needs To Lead

September 15, 2014
We’ve come a long way, ladies. Now it’s time to go farther, faster. With Cosmopolitan.com’s recent announcement that it would increase its political coverage heading into election season and that it would launch #Cosmovotes , an initiative to get more young women to vote and endorse candidates who support women’s rights, we let out a resounding hell yeah. Not only do young women want to read about politics and vote for our future leaders, they want to be our future leaders. And why shouldn’t they be? Today, women occupying positions of power aren’t seen as extraordinary one-offs, but the norm...
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Drawing the Line at Cupcake Cones

September 15, 2014
September is “back to school” month for most kids in the United States. My daughter is in her last year of preschool, but some of her buddies have moved on to kindergarten. As this momentous transition is just around the corner for her, I’ve been talking to friends and family about what to expect. Last week, I visited a friend’s house for dinner. Her daughter – a typical five-year-old who knows all the words to all the songs from Frozen despite having never seen the movie – has just started kindergarten and is doing well. In fact, my friend's only concern is regarding the snacks provided at...
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VoteRunLead Issues Challenge to Nation: Invite 50,000 Women to Run

September 15, 2014
I am excited to announce we launched VoteRunLead last week, the first online platform for women to learn to run and lead. We are challenging the nation to invite 50,000 women to run by election day on November 4th. If each of us invites three women to run we can exceed our goal. You'll be hearing more from me in the coming weeks and months. So excited to be part of this talented and vibrant community! September 9, 2014 VoteRunLead issues challenge to nation to invite 50,000 women to run for political office by election day and half-a-million by 2016 Partnering with Target and Omidyar Network...
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Punished for Being Poor: Black Mothers and the Sin of Poverty

September 9, 2014
Tamika Middleton is a lifelong social justice advocate committed to examining and fighting against racial, gender and economic oppressions. In this post, Tamika writes about black mothers being punished for being poor. Tamika is a Writing Fellow for the Center for Community Change. Last week, Shanesha Taylor took her children home for the first time in months. In March, she went for a job interview to find stable housing for her family. Because she had no available childcare, Shanesha left her children in the car. She was arrested, and her children were taken away for five months. Just two...
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I'm a Koch Sister, Too!

September 8, 2014
You’ve heard of the Koch Brothers, the ultra-rich, corporate extremists whose deep pockets are flooding election-season airwaves. Too often, their goals are part of a political playbook to drive down wages, cut Social Security and Medicare and secure more corporate tax breaks at the expense of our environment. Their money may dominate American politics and law-making, but their values and ideals sure don’t. We have a better alternative. Meet The Koch Sisters , Karen and Joyce, who share the same last name but not the same values as the infamous Koch Brothers. They’re not related to David and...
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What High Quality PreK IS vs IS NOT: HINT Wear A Smock

September 2, 2014
As my friends and I – many teachers and all parents of school aged children – hustled this weekend to make sure our children were ready for the new school year, I found myself being asked many questions about early learning. In addition to being mom to five and an early childhood educator, I am a foot soldier for the new statewide initiative, PreK for PA ( www.prekforpa.org ). Literally. Going in and out of preschools, HeadStart programs, parent meetings, and legislative offices - I speak to the incredible value high quality early learning has to our communities. I left a wonderful classroom...
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Porky?!

August 28, 2014
"Don't lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby." That's what one Member of Congress said to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand--while squeezing her waist.
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5 Reasons to Talk to Congress This August

August 20, 2014
August is a prime time to tell your Congressperson your thoughts on the federal budget issues that matter to women, families, and children, including Iraq, immigration, corporate taxes, unemployment benefits, and more.
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