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Generation Zero—Why Millennials, And All of Us, Need Family-Friendly Laws

November 26, 2013
A survey of recent University of Pennsylvania Wharton School graduates reveals that many young adults are planning to solve the work/family crunch by removing family from the equation. Only 42% of the undergraduate class of 2012 plans to have children, compared to 78% of the class of 1992, according to research by Stewart Friedman, author of the new book, “Baby Bust.” Of course, this is only one privileged subset of the population. However, the overall American birthrate has recently declined as well to below the replacement rate (although it now appears to be stabilizing). Friedman reports...
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Bringing Dads to the Table…and the Home

November 20, 2013
Cross-posted from A Better Balance's Blog. At first, Josh Levs thought his employer’s policy on paid family leave was a simple mistake. His company, Time Warner, offers new mothers ten weeks of paid time off after giving birth. Women and men who have children through adoption or surrogacy also receive ten weeks of paid leave to bond with a new child. Biological fathers, on the other hand, only receive two weeks of paid leave. When Levs pointed out this discrepancy to his supervisor before the birth of his daughter, he realized that it was not an oversight at all. His boss refused to give him...
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Mother on the Edge

November 12, 2013
This post originally appeared on the Mothers Central blog. You can see it here in its original form. Thanks to Kate for letting me post it here in full. It was a desperate cry for help, and one that I could not ignore. It came via email, at the end of the summer, from a total stranger. (At least, she was a stranger to me, but my work was known to her because she’d been reading it on social media.) Already the mother of a 2 year old, and pregnant again with a due date of this December the email began: I’m in anguish over the pregnancy discrimination I am facing as a federal civil servant,...
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A Long Time Comin'...

November 7, 2013
Ladies, we are in serious trouble here. In the annual ranking of 133 countries around the globe on the issue of gender equality, the U.S. once again fails to make the top 10. Or the top 20. We may be the world's only remaining super power, but women are worse off here, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report for 2013 , than in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, the Philippines, and 18 other countries. This analysis measures women's rates of political empowerment and political participation, education, health and economic parity. We have been dramatically outclassed by...
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Must Be Nice... Wish I Had a Kid

October 30, 2013
If you've not only heard about - but really thought about - the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance that was just passed in San Francisco, you know what we're getting at with this title. If you're still celebrating the legislation that will go into effect on January 1, 2014, you may want to stop reading as we expose the plain truth that will cause your bubbly to go flat in about 3.5 seconds. We'll start at the top and say that the intent of the ordinance is ultimately good - to attract more families to the San Francisco area, keep them there, and make it less likely that these Californians...
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Maternal Profiling Is Alive and Well in Pennsylvania

October 22, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the Huffington Post . After eight years of friendship and mutual support on the phone and online, I finally met Kiki Peppard last month! Kiki's experiences moving to Pennsylvania as a working single mom of two children is the first story in The Motherhood Manifesto . Her story details her experiences going to interview for jobs and having potential employers ask if she was married and if she had kids. As soon as prospective employers heard she wasn't married and had kids, they were not interested in learning any more about her. They didn't care about how...
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Breastfeeding Could Be Easier with Obamacare

October 15, 2013
Generally the Latino culture promotes the healthy habit of breastfeeding babies until their first year of life. But upon arriving to the United States we find barriers to nursing, which impact our own health, but most of all, that of our children. There are varying reasons for these challenges whether they be language barriers that keep a mom from working, or a nurse at a hospital that doesn't encourage a mother to latch until her milk comes in, or workplaces that don't offer family leave. When it comes to family leave, the United States is very different from the majority of Latin American...
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Why Are There So Few Women in Science, Continued

October 4, 2013
Kudos to The New York Times for commissioning an article on why there are so few women in science. Author Eileen Pollack suggests two reasons. Citing her own experience as an undergraduate at Yale, she argues that women doubt themselves, and need to be encouraged more to pursue science careers: “The most powerful determinant of whether a woman goes on in science might be whether anyone encourages her to go on.” Twenty years of work by myself and Mary Ann Mason confirms Pollack’s worry that things don’t look good for women in science. The threshold problem is one Pollack discusses in only a...
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Paid Family Leave in California: All is not well

October 2, 2013
Update: On September 24, 2013, Governor Brown signed SB 770, which will take effect of July 1, 2014. This bill will expand the definition of family for the California Paid Family Leave Act. On Jan. 9, 2012, Women's eNews published my article, " Paid Family Leave Pays-Let's Buy in This Year ." I wrote it in response to a Human Rights Watch report written by Janet Walsh and published in 2011 describing the lack of paid family leave programs in the United States. Their report showed that a lack of paid leave can increase sickness and poverty for families, as well as job discrimination. My job...
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I'm feeling "all the feelings" about my daughter's 2nd birthday

September 10, 2013
Today is my daughter Beatrix’s 2nd birthday and that has me feeling “all the feelings” because Bea’s birth and my dad’s death are so inextricably linked that it is impossible for me to think of one without the other. My husband, Matt, feeding Bea in the NICU. My husband and I told my parents I was three months pregnant with baby # 2 the same week a doctor told my dad, that, because of his cancer , he had three months left to live. I remember thinking my news had to cancel out his, because that is just the kind of dad he was: Always, always there for us. No way would he miss this baby’s birth...
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