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Employers Not Filling Gap in Need for Paid Parental Leave in U.S.

May 9, 2013
This Mother’s Day, the United States is still behind all other high-income industrialized nations when it comes to providing paid leave to parents. And, according to a new analysis released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), employers are not filling the gap—despite many providing paid leave benefits beyond legal requirements. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and provides eligible employees with up to 12-weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave for reasons that include to care or bond with a new child. The United States is...
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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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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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Think this Doesn't Matter to You? Think Again.

March 13, 2013
Childcare costs more than college . Mothers with equal resumes are hired 80 percent less of the time than non-mothers and are offered lower starting salaries. It costs over $200,000 to raise one child from birth to age 18 (not including college). All of this is happening every day in the backdrop of a national a "Lean In" conversation. Let's face it. Whether you love or hate Sheryl Sandberg's premise in her new book, "Lean In," which analyzes why women have stalled in workplace leadership and suggests ways to advance; this book is shining a spotlight on a long overdue conversation about the...
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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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Sheryl Sandberg's Most Important Words

March 12, 2013
This story originally appeared in the Woman in Washington blog. "Success for me is that if my son chooses to be a stay-at-home parent, he is cheered on for that decision. And if my daughter chooses to work outside the home and is successful, she is cheered on and supported." --Sheryl Sandberg, NPR's Morning Edition , March 11, 2013. If you stacked up everything that’s already been written about Sheryl Sandberg and her social-movement-in-a-book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead , you’d have more pages than the book itself. Who needs to read the book now? We already know what’s in it...
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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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My Valentine Invitation

February 15, 2013
This February contains a plethora of important events - almost too many to name. There’s Valentine’s Day, the start of the new Congress, the State of the Union Address and several significant opportunities to look back and honor those who have come before us, including celebrations for American History and American Black History month. February is also dedicated to heart health so Every Mother Counts is spending this month focused on matters of the heart. Because women are at the heart of all of these events and because we’ve worked hard to attain our place in history, we’re especially...
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Know Your Rights: The Family and Medical Leave Act

February 12, 2013
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – the nation’s first and only federal law that helps women and men meet their responsibilities at home and on the job. And even though the law has been a huge success, new data from the Department of Labor reveal that many people still aren’t familiar with the protection it offers. Nearly 60 percent of workers in the United States are covered by the FMLA, but 29 percent of them don’t know it. Knowing your FMLA rights is important (below, we’ll let you know what they are!), but we also need to advocate for an...
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