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Give the Gift of a Custom-Fit Workplace

December 23, 2010
This holiday season as we think of peace on earth and good will towards all, I'm thinking of how to translate this sentiment into a culture of good workplaces all year long. My New Year's resolution is to help spark a new workplace norm: "Everyone deserves a job that fits," and the corollary, "Any employer that neglects to offer employees work that fits will hurt their own bottom line." Flexible work, virtual work, non-linear career paths, even babies at work can all be part of Custom-Fit Workplaces, and if you want to learn more, they're all covered in the book, The Custom-Fit Workplace:...
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Work on a Wire in Illinois

December 21, 2010
Twenty-seven states support telework through legislation that encourages tax incentives, expansion of broadband coverage, or use by state employees. Illinois does not. On December 7, 2010, we held a summit in Chicago. Business, public sector, and government leaders gathered to discuss the role of telecommuting in Illinois’ economic future. At question was the state’s lack of telecommuting legislation, lagging behind official incentives in metro areas in states such as Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia and Georgia. At that meeting, State Senator Pamela Althoff announced that a telework proclamation...
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You Can Get There From Here

December 15, 2010
My mother relocated with nearly every job she took. From Lansing to Glen Ellyn to Chicago, she went through all the effort and expense of moving house to make her commute less stressful. But trends are changing—particularly for young professionals. Companies that want to take advantage of top talent are looking for other ways to ease the strain of commuting. One top tactic: telecommuting. A daily 60-minute commute sounds awful to most. But a 60-minute commute two or three times a week is a lot more doable. Here are 3 current trends in where we live: Spatial Mismatch People don’t really live...
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The Real Meaning of A Christmas Carol

December 14, 2010
I've been thinking over at Raising Generation O lately about the Christmas Spirit. About giving , and teaching children about gratitude and charity, but also about fairness, justice, equity--and how these relate to the season's spirit. At the end of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Caro l (the real, unabridged, print version)--spoiler alert--Tiny Tim doesn't walk. The real miracle is that Scrooge's heart is changed. And in fact, Scrooge's spiritual transformation may be more profound and significantly more complicated than the pat miracle that appears at the end of some dramatic versions of the...

"It's Her Choice" - Really?

December 10, 2010
I was struck recently by the persistence of an old argument used to kill the Fair Pay Act - and every other measure that would make life easier for mothers. You know it by heart: many women “choose” to earn less than men, and if they choose to earn less, then what’s the big deal about a little wage inequality? This so-called “choice” argument can be superficially persuasive. Most women probably do prefer cleaner, relatively lower-paying jobs. Most women would rather be beauticians than coal miners, art teachers than mechanics. (Although this begs the question why teachers and beauticians earn...

The Prices We Pay: Impact on Our Wages and Health from Imports

December 7, 2010
If you live near one of the major U.S. ports, you and your family are probably paying the price for all the goods we import from overseas: filthy air and nearby pockets of poverty resulting from the exploitation of port drivers.

On the Move for Gender Equity

December 2, 2010
As a woman, a mother, a wife and an educator, gender equity is an issue that is very close to my heart and frankly, an idea whose time has come.
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It's About Time

November 23, 2010
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ Your (Wo)man in Washington Guest Post - by Mindy Fried I came across this essay by sociologist Mindy Fried about the lack of paid family leave in the US versus how common it is around the world. Also on my mind is the failure of the Paycheck Fairness Act to pass the US Senate this week. I think the two are related. Opponents of the bill say gender discrimination doesn't exist anymore, and no new laws, like the Paycheck Fairness Act, are needed. They argue that even though men outearn...
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The Great Labor Sale: Moms, 25% Off!

November 19, 2010
As you may have heard, women still make only 77 cents on every dollar a man earns, and in recent years, progress on closing the pay gap has nearly ground to a halt. On Wednesday, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was supposed to right this wrong, was defeated on the Senate floor . I’ll try not to get too wonky about this, because it’s Friday, but there are a few things I think you should know. What often gets left out of the whole pay gap discussion is that it not just about women , it’s about mothers in particular. Here’s how the pay gap breaks down: [1] Women without children make 90 cents...
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Tea Party No Party for Women

November 2, 2010
With the election nearly upon us, it's almost impossible to pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV without hearing about the Tea Party. What began as a collection of protests in early 2009 has exploded into a runaway political movement, with all American eyes fixed on the Party's candidates in Tuesday's Midterm Elections. With a clear shift in the landscape ahead of us, what can we learn about how the election of these candidates will impact American women? As early as March, Politico 's Kenneth Vogel was pointing out the central role of women in the Tea Party, with participants stating how...