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3 Ways Work Flexibility Helps Working Parents

May 30, 2014
Flexible work options help moms and dads be more productive and better able to balance their work and personal responsibilities.
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Leading by Leaning On Each Other

May 22, 2014
How I learned that in order to lead, women (and parents!) need to lean on each other.
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Senator Warren Calls for Innovation to Address Unfair Scheduling Practices

May 22, 2014
By Amy Tannenbaum and Liz Watson , National Women's Law Center Cross-posted from NWLC's blog At Tuesday’s HELP Committee hearing on women’s economic security Senator Warren called attention to the extreme challenges workers in low-wage jobs with unstable and unpredictable schedules often face – including the challenge of getting their schedules at the last minute, having hours that vary dramatically from week to week or month to month, having little ability to alter the timing of their work hours without facing a penalty, and working too few hours to make ends meet. Senator Warren said: “[the...
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5 Razones por las cuales las Latinas Pueden (¡y deberían!) Prepararse para el Liderazgo

May 21, 2014
Este artículo apareció inicialmente en PowerfulLatinas.com . Como Latinas, nos es necesario observar las tendencias y estar listas para nuestro propio futuro, y tomar roles de liderazgo en el país. Latinos tienen la Más Rápida Tasa de Crecimiento de Población De acuerdo a Census data, los Latinos son el segmento de crecimiento de la población más rápido de EEUU. Esto significa que los Latinos están convirtiéndose proporcionalmente en un porcentaje mayor de la totalidad de la población de EEUU. El incremento de más de 15 millones de hispanos desde el 2000 al 2010 contó para más de la mitad del...
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Thriving After Transitioning to a Third Metric Life

May 20, 2014
I recently finished reading Arianna Huffington’s latest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder , and I have three words to describe it: It’s. About. Time. Anyone who has a job that requires constant connectivity can identify with the social diseases of time famish and perpetual distraction. Using studies and anecdotes from her own time-strapped life that led to her collapse of exhaustion at work from stress and an emergency room visit, Huffington makes a compelling case for why the way many U.S. workers live is not only...
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Being a Low-Income Mother; Then and Now

May 6, 2014
In 1996, Bill Clinton officially announced that motherhood was not work. He did this through his Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act . This legislation stated that people could no longer receive benefits unless they fulfilled 30 hours per week of out-of-home work requirements. Clinton said this would “end welfare as we know it.” And it did. Since 1996, the number of families with children living in extreme poverty ($2 a day or less) has increased by nearly 130% . When I started interviewing mothers for Gross Domestic Product , I focused on mothers who were receiving, or had at...

Moms Know How to Unite Us: Congress Should Follow their Lead and Pass FAMILY Act

May 5, 2014
Mothers often act us “uniters” in families, whether it’s settling petty sibling squabbles, or managing the more serious rifts and challenges that so many families face. And, more and more, moms bring families together as primary or sole breadwinners. Given this role, perhaps it’s not surprising that public policies to support working moms – and all working parents for that matter – also tend to unite Americans. In 2014, let’s celebrate Mother’s Day by calling upon Congress to follow moms’ lead and come together around a national paid family and medical leave insurance program . Here in the...
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Moguls, Moms, & Maids: Work-Life Stress and Solutions

May 2, 2014
Since 2012 when The Atlantic published Anne-Marie Slaughter’s reflection on “ Why women still can’t have it all ,” a spate of books have appeared. Some describe the problem: mothers are Overwhelmed and Maxed Out . Others present solutions, on everything from Getting to 50/50 to What Works for Women at Work, and how to Lean In to a career. Yet, as Ann Crittenden notes in The New York Times , even after decades of these books, the pressures on mothers have worsened, despite sensible tips offered in them. The problem, says Crittenden, is the “fallacy that a systemic problem can be addressed if...
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The Collateral Damage of Scheduling Challenges in Low-Wage Jobs

April 25, 2014
When policymakers discuss solutions to help nearly 20 million low-wage workers make ends meet, the focus is often on raising wages. Raising the minimum wage and tipped minimum wage would go a long way to help these workers, but ...
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Once You Work from Home, There's No Going Back

April 23, 2014
Yesterday was one of those moments, in which I felt my life come full circle. Almost 11 years ago, I left a reporting job in San Francisco to be home with my newborn son…and to be on the lookout for a job that I could do from home.
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