Scrambling for Stability: The Challenges of Job Schedule Volatility and Child Care

Posted March 27th, 2014 by and

For Karen, a part-time package delivery person and mom to a one-year-old, making child care arrangements is a weekly exercise in scrambling. That’s because Karen receives notice of her schedule only one week in advance, and her shifts fluctuate. The volatility of her schedule makes everything harder. Karen struggles to find friends and family to [...]

High Quality Pre-K Gets the Spotlight in Pennsylvania

Posted March 13th, 2014 by

One of the best places to be in my state on any given day is in the classroom of a high quality pre-k program. There you will hear laughter and intriguing conversation. There you will see smiles and brows furrowed in curiosity. There you will reassured and valued for your unique gifts. There you will [...]

Thanks to NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Pregnant Woman is Back at Work

Posted February 27th, 2014 by

Floralba, a pregnant retail worker in the Bronx, was sent home on unpaid leave because she needed to temporarily avoid heavy lifting in order to prevent having another miscarriage. Last week, A Better Balance used the new law we championed, the NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, to get Floralba back at work, with backpay, and to convince [...]

Child Care, Farming, and Working Parents in Hawaii

Posted February 7th, 2014 by

Two months ago, I wrote a post called The Short Game: Taking the “Work” out of “Working Together” about a community event that included a congresswoman and about a dozen mothers and daughters.  I described how the act of women gathering together, to support each other and enjoy themselves while also doing important work, might [...]

21 Years after FMLA, More Needs to Be Done

Posted February 5th, 2014 by

Twenty-one years ago I was only 11. While I was too young to be involved in the fight for family and medical leave (FMLA), I still wholeheartedly appreciate everyone who worked so hard to win this important law. Over the past several years I’ve had many experiences with our current FMLA law. I know first-hand [...]

Has “Breast is Best” Jumped the Shark?

Posted January 22nd, 2014 by

I’m a working mother of two small children, and I’ve breastfed them both. In fact, I’m currently somewhere in the middle of breastfeeding my second child, who has cut some teeth recently and knows how to use them, so we’ll see how much longer this continues. And it’s been interesting, being alive and mothering and [...]

Janet Yellen: Leaning On to Lead – Part I

Posted January 9th, 2014 by

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 [...]

Women Who Code – Why Including Motherhood in STEM Discussions Matters

Posted December 12th, 2013 by

With millions of students taking part in “Hour of Code,” a campaign supported by technology companies as part of National Computer Science Week, there is a lot of internet chatter about the importance of high-tech skills in an innovation economy. By late Tuesday, more than 60 percent of the students who had taken one of [...]

Generation Zero—Why Millennials, And All of Us, Need Family-Friendly Laws

Posted November 26th, 2013 by

A survey of recent University of Pennsylvania Wharton School graduates reveals that many young adults are planning to solve the work/family crunch by removing family from the equation. Only 42% of the undergraduate class of 2012 plans to have children, compared to 78% of the class of 1992, according to research by Stewart Friedman, author of the [...]

McTeacher’s Night Buys Silence, Harms Kids’ Health

Posted November 5th, 2013 by

McDonald’s has pledged not to market branded foods to children in elementary schools. Yet a new report released by Michele Simon and Corporate Accountability International describes how educational fundraisers like McDonald’s McTeacher’s Night violate the spirit of the pledge – and worse – buy silence when it comes to junk food marketing and children’s health. [...]

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