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Making Women’s History: From Patsy Mink to Paycheck Fairness

April 8, 2014
I was a bit surprised by the lack of coverage for Women’s History Month this year, particularly in the state where I live, since so many women who improved the lives of working families were pivotal to Hawaii's history. It is essential that we continue to remember these women. While many people are aware of Congresswoman Patsy Mink’s accomplishments , many are not as familiar with Harriet Bouslog , Hawaii’s first female labor and civil rights attorney, or ILWU social worker Ah Quon McElrath . Yet like Mink, the significance of their achievements extends far beyond the advances they made as...
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Scrambling for Stability: The Challenges of Job Schedule Volatility and Child Care

March 27, 2014
For Karen, a part-time package delivery person and mom to a one-year-old, making child care arrangements is a weekly exercise in scrambling. That’s because Karen receives notice of her schedule only one week in advance, and her shifts fluctuate. The volatility of her schedule makes everything harder. Karen struggles to find friends and family to care for her baby on short notice. And when she can’t work the magic necessary to arrange child care on the fly, she is disciplined at work for being late or missing a day. Karen’s story, recounted in a 2011 report from the Institute for Workplace...
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No One Tells Mamma to "Just Go Home!"

March 19, 2014
By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project Imagine you have just returned from maternity leave, still nursing your baby, and you find that your workplace has no place available for you to pump breast milk. After trying for several hours to find a place, you ask for help from your department head, who says “You know, I think it’s best that you just go home to be with your babies.” She hands you a pen and paper, advises you to resign, and even dictates what you should write down as your letter of resignation. This is exactly what Angela Ames, a Loss Mitigation Representative at Nationwide...
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What Would Gloria Do? #WWGD

March 12, 2014
The first MAKERS CONFERENCE was held in February, including a celebration of the life and work of Gloria Steinem. In honor of her eightieth birthday, it featured a video with touching and funny statements from Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Katie Couric, and others about Steinem's life's work that, as Marlo Thomas summarized, "connected the dots between all women and created a sisterhood." At the end, the screen displayed a simple hashtag, #WWGD, which stands for "What would Gloria do?" What would Gloria do to resolve the unfinished business of the women's movement she helped...
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Brigid Schulte is Overwhelmed - and So Are You! Part One

March 10, 2014
Author Brigid Schulte has a job, a house, a husband, several children, and a whole lot of stress. She's also just written a book, available online and at your favorite bookstore, called Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time , about how we've taken on way more than we can handle, what it's doing to our lives and our families, and how we can learn to live differently. She graciously made time for my questions, both here and in my next post on this blog. Do fathers and mothers experience overwhelm differently? Absolutely! Right now, mothers are still doing twice the...
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Let's blog about women and retirement security

March 5, 2014
Women and Retirement Security Blog Roundup Despite decades of social and economic gains, older American women are still twice as likely as elderly men to be living near or below the federal poverty line. Two-thirds of American women older than 65 have no retirement income other than Social Security and the average monthly Social Security benefit for women is around $1,000. Many factors contribute to this disparity, but unequal pay, retirement plan access, family obligations, and financial literacy are the main causes. Addressing America's looming retirement security crisis is a social and...
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Food, Fashion and a Little History

March 4, 2014
Good work, moms!: No one seems to know exactly what to thank for the 43% drop in obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds. Michelle Obama? Food stamp changes that make fruits and veggies more affordable for low-income families? I know who to thank: You…moms. Many factors probably contribute to this huge improvement, but the fact that kids are getting fewer sugar-packed drinks also points to you. “Free trade” comes to your kitchen: What does global trade have to do with what you feed your family? Plenty. International trade deals can limit the safety standards we require for imported food and how much...
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#DoubleBooked: 12 Tips for CLIPS (Career Loving Involved Parents)

March 2, 2014
This piece, written by Rachel and her husband, Mark Davies, originally appeared at The Huffington Pos t on February 11, 2014. It also appeared as part of the Religious Action Center’s blog series “ Double Booked: A Conversation about Working Families in the 21st Century ” on Februrary 14, 2014. Double Booked deals with the many issues that affect working families, and features everything from personal stories to policy analysis. Visit the Double Booked portal to read more posts and subscribe for updates, or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #doublebooked. My kids...
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Isaac Luria for #DoubleBooked: Building Human-friendly Workplaces that Value the Human Spirit

February 26, 2014
This blog originally appeared on February 25, 2014 as part of the Religious Action Center’s blog series “Double Booked: A Conversation about Working Families in the 21st Century.” Double Booked deals with the many issues that affect working families, and features everything from personal stories to policy analysis. Visit the Double Booked portal to read more posts and subscribe for updates, or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #doublebooked. --- I was invited recently to a conference organized by the Obama Administration on combating child trafficking – an issue...
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Leaning on Each Other to Lead: Parents have the skills and talents to create meaningful change together

February 23, 2014
Last November I uploaded my ebook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, to the iBooks Store. In addition to the next-gen interactivity within the book, Apple allows authors to update publications, with readers automatically receiving free updates. So I designed a new cover (with the help of my artistic teenage son), cleaned up commas and clunky phrases, spruced up graphics, re-worked widgets, and added content. My 1.1 update went "live" yesterday. Lean On and Lead 1.0 already had twenty-four compelling interviews with working mothers and fathers that demonstrated...
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