I am a mother to two boys that keep me happy and sleep deprived. I am also an Instructor of Women's Studies at a Florida university, where I teach courses on contemporary women's issues and literature, study girl's leadership, and help run a mentoring program that connects collegiate women with seventh grade girls.
I am a mother to two boys that keep me happy and sleep deprived. I am also an Instructor of Women's Studies at the University of Central Florida, where I teach courses on contemporary women's issues and literature, study girl's leadership, and help run
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July 26, 2016
Last week I joined MomsRising to visit Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office to talk about the importance of early learning programs, like pre-k and childcare, in ensuring kids get a strong start both academically and in life. Why? Because early learning is so critical and is something dear to my heart. When my oldest was identified as being on the autism spectrum, things became more challenging as we also began navigating the difficult terrain of parenting a special needs child while working full time. Between student loans and the costs of living, having affordable, quality early learning options was...
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...
family economic security momsrising near you open flexible work paid family leave paid sick days politics & policyJune 21, 2014
My mom was sitting across from me at the kitchen table, coloring a kite for me to take the 837 miles from my home in Florida to Washington, DC.
December 10, 2013
Recently, I signed-up with MomsRising and Get Covered America to host a “Healthy Homecomings” webinar at my house to learn more about the healthcare exchanges and tips for helping people in my family and community get the coverage they need. It was a great excuse to have friends over and I wanted to learn more about recent healthcare changes. Hosting the party was surprisingly simple. All I did was invite some friends and neighbors, wrangle my mother into whipping up a few snacks (this is optional, though you should never pass up an opportunity to have my mother bake), and read through a few...
August 29, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in a tumblr page, Find Myranda Southern . UPDATE: Myranda Southern, a mother from South Carolina whose story is covered in this blog, has been found dead. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to her family and loved ones. Her family has released a statement thanking the countless volunteers across the country who helped look for her--> https://www.facebook.com/myrandasouthern This morning I made my toddler chocolate chip pancakes (don’t worry there were pureed veggies and fruit in the batter) and held my six month old tight because my Nanny, with...