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Actually, Failing Our Children Is What's Unflippingbelieveable

May 7, 2013
A few weeks ago, Melissa Harris-Perry appeared in a "Lean Forward" promotional ad for MSNBC and said: We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we've always had kind of a private notion of children: Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven't had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it's everybody's responsibility, and not just the...
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Useless Baggage

April 28, 2013
They’ve hit a new low. Citing significant concerns about long lines at airports and flight delays caused by the furlough of air-traffic controllers, Congress is allowing the Federal Aviation Administration to override strict sequestration rules and re-direct funds within its budget. And they did so with lightning speed. With their big fuss over aviation punctuality, lawmakers make it clear that they're not feeling the pain felt by the majority of Americans. Their message: In the United States it’s fine to wait — and face a steep climb — for housing, health care, cancer treatment, a pre-school...
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Rep. Matsui Speaks with a Working Mother on the Importance of Child Care Options

March 28, 2013
As a vice-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s issues, one of Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s (CA-06) top priorities is affordable, reliable childcare. In this video, Congresswoman Matsui speaks with Michelle, a Sacramento resident who has two young children, on the challenges and opportunities facing working mothers. Congresswoman Matsui is committed to working with her colleagues in Congress to enact policies that strengthen women and families. Check it out, then tell us your thoughts on childcare access in the comments.
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Congresswomen Hold Press Conference on How the Ryan Budget Would Impact Women

March 20, 2013
Yesterday I had the opportunity to take part in a press conference held by several Congresswomen on what the budget proposed by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) would do to women and their families (that’s me standing in front of the flag!). We’ve previously highlighted the ways the Ryan budget would harm women , like dismantling Medicaid and repealing the ACA; deeply cutting funding for programs like child care, Head Start, education and job training; and providing lavish tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. The event, held by Representatives Donna F. Edwards (D-MD), Doris...
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Why I Like Paul Ryan, But Not His Budget

March 20, 2013
Years ago, I attended an event on economic policy where now-Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), was speaking. After the event, I introduced myself to him and shared that I was a former Hill staffer. I told him that, while I disagreed with nearly everything he had said regarding economic policy, I knew from a mutual friend that he was still a good guy. His response was pure Paul Ryan: he threw his head back and laughed. That was the day I joined the Paul Ryan Fan Club. While I don’t agree with him on policy issues, any elected official who can laugh with a...
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A Single Mother With a Childcare Subsidy Writes to Paul Ryan

March 19, 2013
To Whom It May Concern: I'm a single mother with two kids under 3, a full-time student, and working, so I don't have much time to write. But I have to tell whoever is willing to listen that the daycare subsidy I receive has saved my life. I'm able to go back to school to get the kind of job that will help me afford to support the three of us on my own and I'm secure in the knowledge that my children are well-cared for and developmentally stimulated while I can't be with them. They will be ready for school right when I finish and together I see us accomplishing great things. None of this would...
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This Is Not a Joke.

March 19, 2013
It's not a horror movie. It's not a terrible dream. And it's not the punch line of an awful joke. This is real. And it's important. The 2014 national budget that Representative Paul Ryan just proposed, which the U.S. House is expected to vote on this week, is all cuts and no revenues . That's not sound fiscal policy. And it's certainly not a balanced approach to creating a healthy national economy. To be blunt, the proposed Ryan budget is so bad for women and families that it seems like the plot of a horror movie or a very bad joke. Tell Congress : Our national economy is nothing to joke...
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Washington’s New Governor Reappoints Early Learning Chief, Endorses Early Learning

March 14, 2013
Gov. Jay Inslee reappointed Dr. Bette Hyde to lead Washington’s Department of Early Learning during the next four years, a critical period when the state will work to ensure that its early learning systems continue to grow and are sustainable. The new governor had been moving through his appointments since taking office in January, but had not yet announced who would lead the cabinet-level early learning agency. On Tuesday, he tapped Hyde, who oversaw key stages of the construction of the state’s new early learning system and led a successful Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge...
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Work, Life and Responsibility

March 12, 2013
I have been following the deluge of blog posts, tweets, etc., which followed the publication of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article on “Having it All” . I gave my own response on “Having a life” in my blog , and also tweeted my take, which led her to quote me in her response. The overall consensus seems to be that there is no such thing as “having it all” — neither men nor women really have the time to do all that they want to do. However, for those in privileged positions, life can be about choices. For those less privileged, there often aren’t many options. There are always...
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Lean In, Chin Up and Tune Out

March 12, 2013
I’ve been thinking a lot about women and our place in society the last couple of weeks. This is appropriate, as it is Women’s History Month and was kicked off at PBS with “ Makers ,” a three-hour documentary on the “second-wave” women’s movement.I sat down to watch it last weekend and was enthralled. I am old enough to remember all the events portrayed in the film, but was too young at the time to grasp the significance of the earlier events. And while I happily recognize that we’ve “come a long way,” I am terribly sad and frustrated that we’re not even close to achieving true equality. If we...
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