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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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Welcome to the Past: Best Buy Embraces Last Century Management Practices

March 13, 2013
Best Buy Co, Inc. has gone backwards in time, following the footsteps of Yahoo! and demanding all hands on deck . We're certain that other organizations are going to stumble backwards as well over the next few weeks. When we heard the news, we weren't surprised; as new management came on board over the past few years - management that obviously favors managing schedules over managing performance - the stronghold of outdated thinking became the weed that choked the evolution of the most enviable, productive, attractive and globally-forward workforce of the future. So we think it's unfortunate...
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Teleworking Helps Mothers "Lean In"

March 13, 2013
This story originally appeared in Psychology Today. National Telework Week buzzed about, ironically, bans on telecommuting. Last week, Best Buy announced the end of its work-at-home program known as ROWE (results-only-work-environment), on the heels of Yahoo’s ban on remote work a week before. Then snowstorms hit the midwest and east coast, closing schools and businesses, and people turned to — you guessed it — teleworking to stay productive and safe. When the snow melts, will the backlash against teleworking continue? The temptation for companies to mimic one another always exists, but this...
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Let's Lean In to Updating our Work Culture!

March 12, 2013
Sheryl Sandburg's new book Lean In puts a spotlight on the shortage of women leaders in the work force. She underscores that motherhood is a time when many women get side tracked from their careers. She advises young women to "lean in" in order to stay on track, move up the hierarchy, and become leaders. Women who step back when they anticipate motherhood or are sidelined when they become pregnant are falling off the top career tracks. At MomsRising, we celebrate mothers in leadership and value leaders like Sheryl who encourage and mentor other women to lead. This said, leaning in is not...
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Marissa Mayer Edict Reinforces Regressive Work Place Practices

March 12, 2013
This is an e-mail that MomsRising.org received at its member feedback "line": feedback@momsrising.org . So, once again Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer moves a pinky and the 24-hour news hounds start fanning the flames of discord among the working world’s haves and have-nots – pitting parents, non-parents, caretakers and others against one another. (For those who missed it, Mayer has issued a June 1 deadline for Yahoo! employees who work remotely from home to work from the office.) Don’t be fooled into thinking this is about workplace communication, how one goes about finishing a task, face-time, new...

Lean In, Chin Up and Tune Out

March 12, 2013
I’ve been thinking a lot about women and our place in society the last couple of weeks. This is appropriate, as it is Women’s History Month and was kicked off at PBS with “ Makers ,” a three-hour documentary on the “second-wave” women’s movement.I sat down to watch it last weekend and was enthralled. I am old enough to remember all the events portrayed in the film, but was too young at the time to grasp the significance of the earlier events. And while I happily recognize that we’ve “come a long way,” I am terribly sad and frustrated that we’re not even close to achieving true equality. If we...
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