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Planning a Career Break? Make Sure It’s a Pause, Not a Dent

August 16, 2013
A decade ago, Lisa Belkin wrote “ The Opt Out Revolution ,” a New York Times Magazine piece that became instantly famous. It profiled women who had chosen to leave high-profile careers to stay home full-time, arguing that they had opted out because (to quote one) “women’s brains light up...
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Lack of paid family leave makes me mad. Like this angry cat.

August 15, 2013
The fact that only 11 percent of employees in the United States are provided any kind of paid family leave by their employers makes me angry. Kind of like that angry cat in the picture. We can change this! For the first time ever, the United States Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a...
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To Support Breastfeeding, Paid Family and Medical Leave is Crucial

August 15, 2013
Having the time to bond with a new baby is crucial for many reasons. One reason why those first weeks after a baby is born are so vital is the importance of the breastfeeding relationship. However, for many mothers, that relationship is soon disrupted – as many as a quarter of mothers return to...
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When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Linking Women’s Economic Security and Small Business Success

August 13, 2013
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s press conference last month announcing the House Democrats Economic Agenda for Women and Families, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds,” ended with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s speech highlighting the importance of the Agenda to small businesses. Congresswoman...
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What You May Not Expect When You’re Expecting

August 12, 2013
Co-written with Katherine Ullman. So you or your partner is pregnant. There are plenty of important decisions to consider: what will be the little one’s name? Will you share the name with friends and family or keep it a secret? What about gender? Do you want to know? Do you want others to know?...
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Paid leave = sleep deprived fantasy?

August 5, 2013
In this country, paid family leave has been nothing more than a sleep-deprived fantasy for most new parents. But now there's some exciting news! MomsRising members have been sending storks to the Hill all year and it's paying off! The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a budget bill...
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August is National Breastfeeding Month, A Time for Advocacy!

August 1, 2013
Here’s a spin on National Breastfeeding Month: activism! August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week , which is a time to advance breastfeeding as part of the country’s larger healthcare agenda. Throughout the month, MomsRising.org will collaborate with other...
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Happy Birthday, ADA!

July 23, 2013
Expectant mothers risk losing their jobs, their babies, or both when employers deny them pregnancy accommodations at work - accommodations as modest as the right to carry a water bottle due to persistent pregnancy-related urinary tract infections or the right to take more frequent bathroom breaks...
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Kate and William: Poised to Influence Parents Worldwide

July 12, 2013
Great Britain's royal baby has a title but no birthday yet. Due any moment, the third-in-line to the throne already has thrust Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage philosophy and parenting practices into the limelight, where they will remain for nearly two decades. William and Kate promise...
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Reflections on being an at-home dad

July 10, 2013
Today's the last day of my paternity leave, so I wanted to reflect a bit on the experience. When I tell people I'm on a 4-month leave, the initial response is typically surprise that my company offers such a generous benefit. Facebook's paternity leave policy is unusual, but I hope it becomes less...
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