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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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#DoubleBooked: Reflections On My Working Father

February 19, 2014
I can still smell the steak that my dad grilled one night during my teenage years. He was a little bit obsessed with making this one lemon rice dish, but overall it was the perfect complement to any main dish- not so flavorful as to compete, but more exciting than plain rice. Nothing tasted better than his perfect tuna fish sandwich on fresh sourdough bread-even for dinner. His gazpacho was, and still is, to die for. My dad, now a septuagenarian, has worked as the Director of Clinical Education and as a law professor at IIT Chicago-Kent Law School for as long as I can remember. On top of his...
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Where is the love for #BlkBfing? Join the 2/12 chat!

February 8, 2014
The #BlkBfing chat is back on 2/12 at 7 PM ET with a powerful conversation on the hidden importance of support for successful breastfeeding from family support and nursing in stores to workplace pumping and family leave. The chat is hosted by MomsRising , Ebony.com , mater mea and Women's eNews . Our guests and co-sponsors include: Breastfeeding ROSE Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association HealthConnect One Mocha Manual They will address questions like, "What should a bfing woman know to prepare for returning to work or school?" and "What should a significant other know about sex during the...
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Mater Mea: inside conversations on motherhood and working

February 4, 2014
Two years ago American media seemed to be gripped by one important question: “Can women have it all?” As a young professional woman with aspirations of having an enviable career and a family of my own, I was incredibly invested in knowing the answer to that question. I had eagerly read former State Department director Anne-Marie Slaughter’s much-debated Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s roll-up-your-sleeves screed “Lean In,” expecting some insight into how to set myself up for a future that didn’t sacrifice career for becoming a mother and...
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