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Old Fight, New Approach: Companies Profit from Parity

October 20, 2014
So you have an important job interview. Your sitter cancels. What do you do? When it happened to First Lady Michelle Obama, she packed up baby Malia, carted her into that job interview, and was completely surprised when she still landed the job.
 
The First Family's efforts to make sure our workplaces are not something out of a " Mad Men episode" comes from a very personal place.
 
This month is National Work and Family Month . It is a public awareness campaign to encourage companies to respond to America's modern dual income family paradigm. 

Why they would have to be encouraged at all...
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From Cuddling to Canvassing

October 14, 2014
Lately, our idea of a hot date is to fling ourselves onto the couch. Then my husband casts me a knowing glance. I nod. And the big turn on begins. With the touch of Casanova, he fondles not just one, but five remotes, as we settle in to enjoy the PBS series about Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Sexy? Not even I am that clinical . But there is something satisfying about watching this series with the man I love. Together, we learn tidbits of history that help us make sense of our world. We gasp at a sepia image of shacks dotting an urban waterfront. Could that be Seattle? These...
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Breastfeeding Women Who Code

October 5, 2014
In a departure from the usual fashion magazine fare, the latest issue of Glamour features two articles about the tech industry: " Secrets of Silicon Valley (That Only Women Know) " and " 35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry ." I particularly enjoyed the "Secrets" article, although some of the secrets definitely aren't really secrets. For example: " When it comes to dating, the odds are good...but the goods are odd " and " The sexism is real. " But it was great to see women and the tech industry discussed in a fashion magazine, especially since I had just sent a video about my...
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Sisterhood

September 30, 2014
“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” ― Marianne Williamson I once spoke at a girls empowerment conference to a group of three hundred ten to thirteen-year-olds. As I was waiting to go on stage, I overheard a small group of four twelve year-olds talking about their day. One of them was really on fire after learning about civil engineering, and she was inspired to share her career dreams with the others. I could see her face quickly shift from a state of open excitement and joy to one of embarrassment and...
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5 reasons I take retreats

September 15, 2014
“Are you listening to your life–what is it trying to tell you?” Renee Trudeau Stephen Cope, MSW, author and director of Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living says retreats don’t change our lives as much as they change where we stand in relationship to our lives—and our capacity to see the hidden possibilities there. I grew up watching my parents take personal retreats–mostly meditation retreats–beginning in the early 1970s. I wasn’t really sure what they did or what happened during these periods when they were away, but I do remember how peaceful, grounded and loving they were when...
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What High Quality PreK IS vs IS NOT: HINT Wear A Smock

September 2, 2014
As my friends and I – many teachers and all parents of school aged children – hustled this weekend to make sure our children were ready for the new school year, I found myself being asked many questions about early learning. In addition to being mom to five and an early childhood educator, I am a foot soldier for the new statewide initiative, PreK for PA ( www.prekforpa.org ). Literally. Going in and out of preschools, HeadStart programs, parent meetings, and legislative offices - I speak to the incredible value high quality early learning has to our communities. I left a wonderful classroom...
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¡Vayamos Adelante hacia Actualizar Nuestra Cultura Laboral!

August 29, 2014
To read this blog post in English, click here . El nuevo libro de Sheryl Sandburg Vayamos Adelante ("Lean In") enfoca la atención sobre la escasez de mujeres líderes en el campo laboral. Ella subraya que la maternidad es un momento en el que muchas mujeres se desvían de sus carreras. Ella le recomienda a las mujeres jóvenes que se “vayan adelante” para mantenerse en curso, subir la jerarquía, y ser líderes. Las mujeres que retroceden cuando anticipan su maternidad o son marginadas cuando quedan embarazadas están cayendo de las trayectorias de las carreras profesionales de alto nivel. En...
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Teletrabajo Ayuda a las Madres Avanzar

August 29, 2014
To read this blog post in Engish, click here . La Semana Nacional de Teletrabajo estuvo zumbando, irónicamente, sobre las prohibiciones del teletrabajo. La semana pasada, Best Buy anunció el final de su programa de trabajo desde casa conocido como ROWE por sus siglas en Inglés (ambiente-laboral-orientado-exclusivamente-por- resultados), pisándole los talones a la prohibición de Yahoo sobre el trabajo remoto que ocurrió una semana antes. Luego, las tormentas de nieve cayeron en el oeste medio y en la costa este, cerrando escuelas y negocios, y las personas acudieron a –usted lo adivinó- el...
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Al Diablo con el Equilibrio entre la Vida y el Trabajo: ¡Necesitamos una Pólitica de Vida y Trabajo!

August 27, 2014
To read this blog post in English, click here . Por más de dos años, La Semana Laboral de Cuatro Horas ha sido un bestseller nacional. ¿Por qué? Porque la mayoría de nosotros nos resentimos estar atados a nuestros trabajos, y sabemos que podemos hacer aún un mejor trabajo si tuviéramos la flexibilidad. Pero los trabajadores están completamente sólos para descifrarlo. De 168 naciones , 163 tienen alguna forma de permiso de maternidad remunerado, dejando a Estados Unidos con la compañía de Lesoto, Papúa Nueva Guinea y Swazilandia. Lindo. Somos adultos que tienen demandas del trabajo y del hogar...

Marissa Mayer y Yahoo Envían un Mensaje Claro (y Negativo) a los Empleados y los Trabajadores que son Padres

August 22, 2014
To read this blog post in English, click here . Este artículo de opinión apareció originalmente en el blog Modern Mami . Las noticias de que la Directora General de Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, eliminó la flexibilidad del trabajo y forzó a todos los empleados a trabajar en la oficina (incluso a aquellos que ya estaban teletrabajando) provocó muchas reacciones. Muchas personas se sintieron que la decisión de Mayer afectara negativamente a los padres trabajadores y destruyera las oportunidades de avanzar a las políticas modernas para el sitio de trabajo. En un momento en el que las familias están...
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