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Hope and Hypocrisy Under the Golden Arches

June 20, 2011
As advocates for deep change know, big success is often preceded by small incremental changes that may go unnoticed by the general public. It seems the effort to stop fast food companies from hawking toys to kids is gaining ground. I was watching Friday Night Lights recently (a great show if I don’...
Susan Linn's picture

Child Care Cuts Would Affect Us All

June 17, 2011
This morning, like millions of other parents across the country, I dropped my daughter off at child care on my way to work. In choosing a licensed child care provider to care for her, I made certain assumptions about the standards that provider would be required to meet. And, probably like many...
Hannah Matthews's picture

An ugly lesson for kids

June 3, 2011
Yesterday my family was proud to join other children and moms braving the 100 degree heat to hold a lemonade stand at the General Assembly raising money for education and other kids’ programs cut in the current budget proposal. Unfortunately, in addition to raising some much needed money for the...
Beth Messersmith's picture

That's What I Am: Professional Wrestling, Bullying and Teachers

May 26, 2011
There are children today who have to remind themselves every day, “I’m a human being. That’s what I am.” They have to remind themselves because they are not treated like human beings with hearts and souls. They are tormented and frightened and threatened. And if we are human beings, we will make it stop.
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Kiss a Teacher

May 11, 2011
For political reasons, it seems to me, some high profile politicians have decided to make public school teachers the scapegoat for a bad economy (caused by Wall Street tycoons that got to keep their bonus billions for causing a global financial meltdown, by the way).
Lily Eskelsen's picture

A bad mix

May 11, 2011
What do you get when you mix former D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett? You get bad policies for kids and bad policies for our schools. What if you add a sprinkle of ultra-conservative, anti-public education billionaires for good...

Research Roundup from the Institute for Women's Policy Research: Mother's Day Edition

May 6, 2011
In time for Mother's Day, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a leading think tank in the U.S. focusing primarily on domestic women’s issues, released a compilation of recent IWPR research findings that illustrate the current status of women, especially mothers, in the U.S. When IWPR posted...
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Amy Poehler, the TIME 100 Gala, & our National Care Crisis

May 5, 2011
I’ve always laughed at whatever comes out of comedian Amy Poehler’s mouth, but when I read her speech at last week’s Time magazine gala dinner, I cried. Named by Time as one of this year’s 100 “most influential people,” the Parks and Recreation star cracked plenty of jokes—“I have so much influence...

Getting Stronger Every Generation: Six Women’s Stories

April 25, 2011
When Mother’s Day was first celebrated, it was a call for women to unite against war. It was a day of activism founded upon the belief that change must come from work built across generations. As we celebrate Mother’s Day and honor our mothers, we are reminded that sustained social change depends...

Tax Day Question: Can I Make Enough to Pay for Childcare?

April 18, 2011
When our daughter was born, my husband had just started his second year at a law firm and I had just been laid off from a part-time job. We sat down together to decide whether I should look for a new job or not. The question we asked ourselves was, “Could I make enough to pay for childcare?” If not...
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