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Lean In to What, Exactly?

March 12, 2013
Not to flatter myself, but I am exactly who Sheryl Sandberg had in mind when she decided to write Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Thirty-five, married, mother of two young (but not too young) children, MBA who has worked consistently in one high-status industry for over a decade, and...
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Marissa Mayer, I Say Thank You

March 8, 2013
I could not be more delighted about the furor over Marissa Mayer’s nixing of the telework option at Yahoo! Really, it’s all good. Anything that puts the focus on women, motherhood and work makes me gleeful. The fact that these issues finally get a public airing has been so long in coming. Fully...
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The Mommyverse Explodes

March 6, 2013
Trying to keep up with all the pixels and ink spilled lately about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Marissa Mayer’s office roll call at Yahoo!, the 100th anniversary of the Suffragists’ Parade, all hot on the heels of the the 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique , has been making my head spin. I will...
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Working Women Blues

February 27, 2013
This story originally appeared in the Carolyn Edgar blog . There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about women in the workplace. From Anne-Marie Slaughter’s complaining about not “having it all,” to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg exhorting women to “lean in” to their careers (translation: suck...
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Disappointing Court Ruling for Pregnant UPS Employee

January 15, 2013
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals gave pregnant women and advocates a very disappointing decision last week. Peggy Young asked for light duty during her pregnancy, at her doctor’s recommendation. Her employer, UPS, denied her request even though it had a policy of giving light duty to a lot of...
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Legal Setback Not the End of the Line for Pregnant Workers Seeking Fairness on the Job

January 15, 2013
By Emily Martin and Liz Watson , National Women’s Law Center Cross-posted from NWLC’s blog, Womenstake . Peggy Young was a UPS truck driver. When employees at her jobsite needed changes to their job duties because they had a disability, or an on-the-job injury, or even a D.U.I. conviction that...
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The Duchess Throws Up

December 5, 2012
In a snarky article , the newspaper of record confirms what we already know: Kate Middleton is pregnant. She's so nauseated that she's in the hospital on an intravenous drip. She's just lucky she's not an American gal. U.S. employers regularly fire pregnant women when they need modest...
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Eldercare, Childcare, and Everything In Between:'s Thank You to Caregivers

November 27, 2012
Late night calls are the worst. Mine came all the way from Shanghai, China, where my parents live part of the year. My dad's voice was faint, halting. He told me quickly that my mom had fallen and broken her leg and he was with her in the hospital right now. She would need surgery. Could I leave...
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A Tale of Two Babies

November 9, 2012
The Dismal Reality of Today New parents—let’s call them Julie and Brad—just had their first baby, a little girl they named Samantha. Julie was only able to take 6 weeks off from her job before her disability insurance and accumulated vacation pay ran out. A few months before their baby’s birth,...
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Changes We Need in the Workplace... what you can do!

October 30, 2012
(this post was originally published in my blog, LadydeeLG , on July 18, 2012.) Yesterday I commented on Ms. Mayer’s thoughts and focused on what her non-existent maternity leave could say to employers and employees about the expectations and needs of working mothers (and parents) or what employers...
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