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My Advice to Women Who Give Advice to Women

July 2, 2012
Cross-posted from The Huffington Post . By now, you’ve probably either read or read about Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic essay in which she recounts from personal experience why she believes women cannot “have it all” and calls on all of us to recognize the conditions that must change to make it possible for women to thrive in careers and motherhood. As someone who has been writing about this issue for three years, I read her essay with relief. Finally! Now, at last, we can have the dialogue we should have been having for the last few decades instead of all the bogus “Mommy Wars.” How can we...
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Slaughter versus Sandberg: Both Right

June 23, 2012
First, thanks to Anne-Marie Slaughter for peeling the band-aid off an open wound of American womanhood. It’s our dirty little secret: balancing work and family is still impossible for elite American women because of the way we structure work, family, love, marriage, careers, masculinity, and dignity. Yes. It’s that bad. Fifteen years ago, when I began to write Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflicts and What To Do About It , I thought that all we needed to do was to reshape work and careers. The key problem for women, I pointed out, is that workplaces still are designed around an...
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The Gifts Mothers Really Want

May 12, 2012
My favorite Mother's day gifts from my sons were their original stories, songs and poems. But what I needed when they were infants and toddlers was something children can't deliver: affordable time off when they were born and when they were sick. So for all those candidates and elected officials interested in the women's vote and eager to prove their support for motherhood and families, here's a sampling of what mothers want and need, not just one day a year but every day: The right to care for a sick child or personal illness without losing our paychecks or our jobs. Moms need leaders to...
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Earth Week is for Mothers

April 25, 2012
by Rachel Sarnoff, Executive Director & CEO Healthy Child Healthy World www.healthychild.org Happiest Babies Are Soothed by 5 S’s Can simple soothing take the place of sugar? That was the takeaway from a new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics. In a study involving more than 200 infants, researchers found the “5 S’s” baby-calming tactics worked better than the sugar-water supplements traditionally given to infants after experiencing pain, according to ABC News . The 5 S’s tactics were developed by Dr. Harvey Karp, a founding board member of Healthy Child Healthy World and...

The question no one is asking about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

April 19, 2012
The world is sludging Sheryl Sandberg. What is "sludge?" you ask? Read on! This story has been buzzing around the internet this week, and it's been driving me crazy. Pete Cashmore of Mashable writes in this article : Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently set off quite a debate in the tech world when she told an interviewer that she works a 9-to-5 schedule: "I walk out of this office every day at 5:30 so I'm home for dinner with my kids at 6, and interestingly, I've been doing that since I had kids," Sandberg said in a video posted on Makers.com . "I did that when I was at Google, I did that...
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Is it over already? The Debate about Women and Work Lasted Less than a Week

April 17, 2012
Cross posted with author permission from the Huffington Post . Wow. So many readers of my last blog post thought I was endorsing Rick Santorum, his policy prescriptions and all the anti-gay and anti-women statements he has made when I wrote that I’d miss him in the Presidential contest. Not at all. As I wrote, I don’t agree with his policy prescriptions, but I wish that we had people in both presidential campaigns who are forcing our country to confront the hard issues of how we raise our children and support our families at a time of growing single-parent households and growing childhood...
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Work Stronger, Not Longer

April 3, 2012
Cross-posted at Out of My Head An article on Salon.com made the rounds yesterday about returning to a 40 hour work week . Sound familiar? The new ideal was to unleash “internal entrepreneurs” — Randian übermenschen who would devote all their energies to the corporation’s success, in expectation of great reward — and who were willing to assume all the risks themselves. In this brave new world, the real go-getters were the ones who were willing to put in weekends and Saturdays, who put their families on hold, who ate at their desks and slept in their cubicles. Forty-hour weeks were for losers...

3 Keys to Making Unlimited Vacation Policies Actually Work

March 26, 2012
The concept of unlimited vacation or “no vacation policy” is becoming a popular idea . Large companies like IBM, HubSpot, and Netflix have kicked the standard two-week vacation policy to the curb. Over the years, we’ve worked with many organization, big and small, to help them implement a Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) . A big part of this process is helping management and employees understand what it takes to make a “no vacation policy” actually work. Naturally, people love the idea of unlimited vacation. You hear about it and you want it for yourself. But it’s easy to say, harder to...
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Time Off For Babies: Why it matters

March 15, 2012
A report released by Human Rights Watch on Feb 23, 2011 titled Failing Its Families offers a critique of the historical and current support provided by the United States government for family-leave programs. The US is cited as one of just three countries worldwide offering no legal guarantee of paid maternity leave for working families. The question of a legal guarantee for paid paternity leave, or paid guardian leave was not raised in the report. The 1993 Family Medical Leave Act does provide for up to 12 weeks of job protected unpaid leave for men and women, yet covers only about half of...
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A Working Mom's Journey to a Results-Only Work Environment

March 12, 2012
I want to share a story from my friend, Rebecca. She's a successful lawyer and mom, and she's been on the hunt for a better work environment. I hope you enjoy her story. In June 2012, I wrote a blog post called “ Having It All ”. I shared my journey through law school, the entry into private practice, having a baby, and my plan to claw and scratch my way into a work environment that allowed me to have it all. I wrote that blog post shortly after meeting Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, the creators of the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) . They were on site at my employer’s offices to...
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