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Increasing the Odds – For Every Baby

November 10, 2011
My third daughter had a 92% chance of never being conceived. When she was around four years old she heard a friend of mine mention our little surprise, and then asked me: “Mommy, why does she say I’m an accident?” Never wanting her to think this about herself, I stopped anyone from saying anything like that again, and called her our “gift”. I use that term often to refer to her. To us she is perfect and our lives are profoundly richer thanks to her presence – as our present. Nazeer Bibi’s daughter had about a 92% chance of never being born. Throughout her pregnancy, Nazeer worked in the...
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Boys “In Crisis” and Biological Imperatives

November 9, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org Kelly Coyle DiNorcia uses her degrees in neuroscience and education to out-maneuver two small children, care for an astonishing variety of animals, and run an ice hockey organization with her husband. She thinks “work life balance” is a lie and spends her time careening from one extreme to the other. If you read books like "The Wonder of Boys" and "Raising Cain," you will learn that today’s American boys are in crisis. As schools become more heavily focused on academic achievement and...
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How Much Do We Really Care for Children?

October 30, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org Last week’s policy briefings included one on the state of early education and child care programs in the U.S. The number of spots available across the country is nowhere near the number of children that need to be looked after while their parents are at work. For many families, if care can be located, it is hugely expensive. As a result, a vast number of children are left with unregulated or uncertified caregivers, making little more than minimum wage, with no access to paid sick leave...
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Establishing a New Balance

October 28, 2011
Editor's note : This was originally published at Role/Reboot. October is annual National Work & Family Month . Who knew? A 2003 U.S. Senate Resolution declared this to be the month of “encouraging workplaces to pause…and reflect on the progress already made on the journey to work-life effectiveness, to celebrate and then raise the bar moving on to even more pervasive progress.” Though it’s admirable to encourage employers to reflect on the issues of work/life balance and workplace fairness, I’m not popping the cork to toast progress just yet. From a worker’s rather than an employer’s...
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Parents in the Park: Occupy Wall Street, Work-Family Conflict and the 99%

October 27, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been sweeping the globe and captivating the media this month. With the message “We are the 99%,” American protesters are drawing attention to the frustrating growth of income inequality in the United States. Here in New York, working families have joined the protests, and parents are working together to highlight the many struggles of today’s families, such as the rapidly rising costs of health care and child care. On Columbus Day, many children visited Zuccotti Park , the movement’s home base just a few blocks away from A Better Balance’s office. Based on...
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Victory for California’s Pregnant Workers: Governor Signs Bill That Ensures Continued Health Benefits during Pregnancy Disability Leave

October 7, 2011
By Noreen Farrell, Equal Rights Advocates, and Beth McGovern, California Commission on the Status of Women California is often a national leader in legislation for working families and the Golden State did not disappoint Thursday with passage of Senate Bill 299. California women workers and their families caught a break when Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law yesterday that requires employers continue to provide health coverage for women on pregnancy or childbirth-related leave. It’s the kind of commonsense law you might have guessed was already in place. SB 299, authored by Senator Noreen...
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Paid Leave: A Rhyme Because It's About Time!

September 30, 2011
Post Written by Michelle Noehren for WorkingMother.com Working Mother Media recently launched their campaign to gain paid parental leave in the United States by 2015 . In honor of this important campaign I’ve taken to a little poetic doggerel. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks a lot for the unpaid leave. Unfortunately, it’s only a minor reprieve - We’ve got bills to pay and mouths to feed And losing our income makes us quite frenzied. - If family values are what our country supports Then why aren’t we cohorts Working together to enact paid...
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Tear Down the “Maternal Wall!” FMLA Protects Women in the Workplace

September 28, 2011
By Ariela Migdal, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU’s Women Rights Project More than 30 years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers still engage in two kinds of pregnancy-related sex discrimination. First, they discriminate outright against workers who get pregnant — firing them or refusing to promote them when they need to take time off for pregnancy-related care and childbirth, and forcing them off the job by refusing to accommodate some women’s temporary restrictions on heavy lifting or other physical job duties. Second, employers discriminate against women workers...
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America’s Working Parents Deserve Paid Leave – Take Action Today!

September 26, 2011
The arrival of a new child should be a time of pure celebration. Sadly, for millions of working parents without paid leave in this country, the joyous occasion can be short-lived. Many of these parents have to make an impossible choice: take time off to recover and care for their new child, or return to work to keep their jobs and protect their families’ economic security. A mere 11 percent of workers in this country have paid family leave through their employers, and fewer than 40 percent have access to personal medical leave through employer-provided short-term disability insurance. As the...
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"Up All Night" Is the Least of It

September 22, 2011
Elizabeth Gedmark is a Law Fellow at A Better Balance. NBC’s new comedy show, “Up All Night,” which premiered Wednesday night stars Christina Applegate as a working mother who has just come back to work after taking maternity leave. Her husband, played by Will Arnett, is a new stay-at-home Dad who recently left his job at a law firm. But watching this couple exhaustedly struggle with their new baby was actually a reminder that in the United States, in many ways, they are very lucky. The mother is lucky that she was able to take maternity leave and that her employer welcomed her back. Under...
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