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New Moms Can Lean In Too: Take Your Infant to Work

March 12, 2013
The volcanic national debate about women, work, and family erupts weekly these days, with Sheryl Sandberg’s much-anticipated book, Lean In, published yesterday, the news last week that Best Buy ended its flexible work-from-home ROWE initiative, and Marissa Mayer’s ban on remote working at Yahoo! the week before. The Mayer memo said Yahoo! needs workers side-by-side to foster creativity, innovation, and effectiveness -- despite its stature as an Internet path breaker. Emotions ran high , fueled by a passion for working flexibility many Silicon Valley workers feel. Parents, in particular, prize...
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As Women, We Are Our Own Best Source of Inspiration

March 12, 2013
For many of us moms, success is too often defined and driven by outside factors and interpretations of what and how we "should" do things. I just finished Sheryl Sandberg's book which came out today and I think she perpetuates this view. She talks about leaning into a career by reaching for opportunities, taking a seat at the table, raising expectations, withstanding criticism and the like, but we are missing the conversation about finding success on your own terms. The Facebook COO talks about an updated women's movement and the ambition gap that is limiting women's ability to advance in the...
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Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer: 'Lean In' and Get Your Butt to the Office!

March 12, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in PunditMom . Lean in! Take charge! No fear! Out with flex-time! In with face time! These are the messages two of the highest-profile working mothers in America are sending to the rest of us. If Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, and Marissa Mayer , Yahoo!'s Chief Executive Officer, have their way, women in the workplace will remake themselves in their C-Suite images which, sadly, is looking like something from the 1980's movie Working Girl . Their sentiments sound an awful lot like what I heard as a young journalist and then as a new...

Lean In to What, Exactly?

March 12, 2013
Not to flatter myself, but I am exactly who Sheryl Sandberg had in mind when she decided to write Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Thirty-five, married, mother of two young (but not too young) children, MBA who has worked consistently in one high-status industry for over a decade, and who is grappling with the next steps in her career. I’ve even got her name. And I am completely ready and willing to take in Sandberg’s advice, because I know I’m on the precipice of something. Maybe something big. I’m a year or two away from my next promotion at the investment firm where I’ve worked...
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Working Women Blues

February 27, 2013
This story originally appeared in the Carolyn Edgar blog . There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about women in the workplace. From Anne-Marie Slaughter’s complaining about not “having it all,” to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg exhorting women to “lean in” to their careers (translation: suck it up) and not let little things like babies disrupt their rise to the top, to Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer boasting about her two-week maternity leave and cancelling the company’s telecommuting policy — op-ed pages and Facebook news feeds are full of people, mostly women, debating who has it right,...
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Disappointing Court Ruling for Pregnant UPS Employee

January 15, 2013
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals gave pregnant women and advocates a very disappointing decision last week. Peggy Young asked for light duty during her pregnancy, at her doctor’s recommendation. Her employer, UPS, denied her request even though it had a policy of giving light duty to a lot of other workers —such as employees with disabilities and those with on-the-job injuries. She was pushed onto unpaid leave and lost her health insurance. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 says that employers have to treat pregnant workers the same as other employees who are similarly situated in...
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Legal Setback Not the End of the Line for Pregnant Workers Seeking Fairness on the Job

January 15, 2013
By Emily Martin and Liz Watson , National Women’s Law Center Cross-posted from NWLC’s blog, Womenstake . Peggy Young was a UPS truck driver. When employees at her jobsite needed changes to their job duties because they had a disability, or an on-the-job injury, or even a D.U.I. conviction that prevented them from driving legally, UPS provided it. However, when she asked for light duty in order to avoid heavy lifting for a few months because she was pregnant, her employer refused and forced her onto unpaid leave for the duration of her pregnancy. Unfortunately, last week the Fourth Circuit...
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The Duchess Throws Up

December 5, 2012
In a snarky article , the newspaper of record confirms what we already know: Kate Middleton is pregnant. She's so nauseated that she's in the hospital on an intravenous drip. She's just lucky she's not an American gal. U.S. employers regularly fire pregnant women when they need modest accommodations to keep doing their jobs. When women become pregnant in America, they face a strong possibility that their employers will fire them rather than permit more frequent bathroom breaks , place them on light duty , change their shifts , or allow them to work in departments that are " always looking for...
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Eldercare, Childcare, and Everything In Between: WeGiveACare.org's Thank You to Caregivers

November 27, 2012
Late night calls are the worst. Mine came all the way from Shanghai, China, where my parents live part of the year. My dad's voice was faint, halting. He told me quickly that my mom had fallen and broken her leg and he was with her in the hospital right now. She would need surgery. Could I leave Los Angeles and go to Shanghai within the week? My parents, both retired, were in basic good health but before leaving for Shanghai, my mom had had persistent nerve pain in her left hip and also back pain. She was also slightly overweight, and learned in the course of trying to find a treatment for...
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A Tale of Two Babies

November 9, 2012
The Dismal Reality of Today New parents—let’s call them Julie and Brad—just had their first baby, a little girl they named Samantha. Julie was only able to take 6 weeks off from her job before her disability insurance and accumulated vacation pay ran out. A few months before their baby’s birth, they started researching day care facilities and were shocked to discover that it would cost more than $1,000 a month for full-time infant care. This was more than half of Julie’s take-home pay, but they needed her income, so quitting her job wasn’t an option. Scott was only able to take a week off...
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