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Gross Domestic Product – What if you got paid to raise your children?

Posted April 4th, 2014 by

The idea to write a play about motherhood came to me when I was writing my last play, Flipside and nursing my second child. Actually, it had been gestating since the day I was nursing my first child and complaining to my HartBeat Co-Artistic Director Greg Tate that the intersecting struggles of child care, career and being broke were making motherhood [...]

Pennsylvania Selfies to Advocate for Early Learning: #IAmPreK

Posted March 25th, 2014 by

Are you  PreK in PA? Please use your voice for those too young to advocate for themselves. This past weekend longtime early childhood education advocate, Sharon Easterling of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) stood in front of over 1200 people and asked for one little favor of each of [...]

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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 [...]

My Buddha Daughter and Her Emotional Mother

Posted February 17th, 2014 by and

Recently, I have spent a lot of time writing and reading so that I can prepare for our new series of parent talks. As I was doing this I started thinking about my own journey in motherhood and how it has affected me. The one aspect of parenting that I have struggled with is the [...]

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Mater Mea: inside conversations on motherhood and working

Posted February 4th, 2014 by

Two years ago American media seemed to be gripped by one important question: “Can women have it all?” As a young professional woman with aspirations of having an enviable career and a family of my own, I was incredibly invested in knowing the answer to that question. I had eagerly read former State Department director [...]

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 [...]

Feminism and Motherhood Are Not Incompatible.

Posted December 22nd, 2013 by

This post originally appeared on my blog, LadydeeLG. I am appalled at the criticism that Michelle Obama has received lately: Talk of the First Lady “leaning out” and being a “Real-Feminist Nightmare.” Why? Because Mrs. Obama isn’t acting on “policy” as much as certain feminists want her to? Because she called herself “Mom-in-Chief” and said [...]

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 [...]

Toxic Chemicals to Avoid During Pregnancy

Posted October 1st, 2013 by

I didn’t realize how many women don’t have access to basic information on how to protect themselves (and their unborn child) from exposure to toxic chemicals. Check out WVE’s tips for harmful chemicals to avoid during pregnancy!

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