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Breastfeeding IS a Civil Right!

June 1, 2013
Being a new mother is not easy and getting breastfeeding off to a good start is a small – no, make that a HUGE miracle! Add the stress of losing your job because you tried to give your baby the best start in life? I can’t even imagine it. Breastfeeding became a protected Civil Right in California last year when Gov. Brown signed AB 2386, which amended our Fair Employment and Housing Act , to include a woman’s breastfeeding status. However, for years women in the US have been at risk of losing their job, because of a series of Federal Cases, in which the old patriarchy selectively sided with...
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“We Don’t Pay You to Pee” and Other Reasons Why We Need the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

May 14, 2013
By Liz Watson and Cortelyou Kenney , National Women's Law Center Cross-Posted from NWLC's blog Amanda Roller was a call center employee in Kansas. After Amanda became pregnant she started experiencing morning sickness. Amanda’s supervisor repeatedly refused her requests to go the bathroom and instead told her that she would get Amanda a larger trash can so that she could vomit at her desk. Amanda asked again, and her supervisor again denied her request, saying, “We don’t pay you to pee.” Amanda was then demoted and eventually fired. Unfortunately, Amanda is not alone. Across the country ,...
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What to Give a Working Mother for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2013
After a long week at work, and the weekend filled with two soccer games, a dance recital and a birthday party, I’ll drive 75 minutes to visit my mother this Mother’s Day. There’s no time for breakfast in bed, a manicure/pedicure with friends or dinner and a movie. That’s okay; that’s not what this working mother wanted for Mother’s Day anyway. You know what I do want for all working mothers? I want: Paid Sick Leave. Almost half (48 percent) of private-sector workers do not have paid sick days. As a working mother, it’s common sense that occasionally you’ll need time to care for yourself or...
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Useless Baggage

April 28, 2013
They’ve hit a new low. Citing significant concerns about long lines at airports and flight delays caused by the furlough of air-traffic controllers, Congress is allowing the Federal Aviation Administration to override strict sequestration rules and re-direct funds within its budget. And they did so with lightning speed. With their big fuss over aviation punctuality, lawmakers make it clear that they're not feeling the pain felt by the majority of Americans. Their message: In the United States it’s fine to wait — and face a steep climb — for housing, health care, cancer treatment, a pre-school...
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Why We Lean Back

April 10, 2013
All right. I read it. The book that everyone, including my hero, Jon Stewart , has been talking about. So many reviews have been written about this book, that people have resorted to writing reviews of the reviews . The hype has been so incredibly, hyper—The Time story ! The 60 Minutes piece ! The banner ads! The web community !—that I was ready to harbor a deep dislike for this book. But that did not happen. At the risk of giving you Sheryl Sandberg fatigue, here are my thoughts, good and bad, on Lean In. As you probably know from the title ( Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead ) the...
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Tell Congress: Don't waste time putting lipstick on a pig!

April 7, 2013
One of my preschooler’s favorite jokes: What do you get when you put lipstick on a pig? Answer: A pig. Why do I bring this up? Because right now, some members of Congress are trying to put lipstick on a pig: They’re introducing a bill called the “Working Families Flexibility Act,” a "comp time" bill which certainly sounds good, but in reality is anything but. If passed this bill would mean a pay cut for workers and less – not more – workplace flexibility. What the what? It’s true. Despite the name, the comp time proposal is neither family friendly or flexible. What it would do is weaken a 75-...
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4 Things Sheryl Sandberg Gets Right (and Wrong) in "Lean In"

March 15, 2013
I refused to be one of those people who criticized – or even commented too much – on Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead , until I’d read it. Since my week included client crises, a non-profit board meeting, tap and drum lessons and oh yes, recovering from the hour we lost to Daylight Savings Time, I didn’t even pull it up on my iPad until late Thursday. I was pleasantly surprised to find many things I agreed with, yet often in the next paragraph I’d find something very wrong. Here are four of those Right/Wrong pairs. 1. RIGHT: Subconscious bias is at the...
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Leaning In, Lifting Up, and Making Success Achievable for All Women

March 14, 2013
A little over 25 years ago, Dr. Heidi Hartmann dashed between meetings and a part-time fellowship in a 1969 Buick with a couple of boxes of files dedicated to research on women’s economic security in the back of a rather sizable trunk. This corner of Dr. Hartmann’s Buick can safely be referred to as the first unofficial office of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). The meetings she shuffled between were to unearth funding here and there for gender analysis on women’s role in a modern workforce. With a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale, Dr. Hartmann began her research career at...
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Marissa Mayer & Yahoo Send a Clear (Negative) Message to Employees & Working Parents

March 14, 2013
This story originally appeared in the Modern Mami blog. News of Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, eliminating workplace flexibility and forcing all employees to work in the office (even those that were already telecommuting) hit the Internet this past weekend with much backlash. Many people felt her decision negatively affects working parents and destroys chances of moving forward with modern workplace policies. In a time when families are often choosing between work and family and struggling to manage various aspects of life, I have to agree that the decision of Yahoo and their CEO was a bad one...
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Leaning Together: A MomsRising Blog Carnival

March 13, 2013
This week, traditional and new media outlets are abuzz with news about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. For once, the focus of the media is on workplace policies and practices that directly impact women and families. So we're taking the tiger by the tail! In celebration of all women, and of Women’s History Month, MomsRising is bringing you this blog carnival -- scroll down to see all the posts -- where you can read the diverse perspectives of many people about contemporary women's equality. Whether you like Sandberg's new Lean In book (and concept) or despise it: It's long past...
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