Skip to main content

MomsRising is Live Tweeting the State of the Union. Join Us!

January 25, 2012
Great news! MomsRising got invited to tweet at the White House during tonight's State of the Union speech by the President! And I'll be there representing us. We'll be keeping our ears open for the issues that matter every day to families, like health care coverage, unemployment insurance, fair pay, paid sick days and paid family leave, child care, the environment and more. And we need your ears too! Tweet with us @MomsRising in conversation on Twitter starting at 9:00 PM EST tonight. Photo by Flickr user If you don't tweet, please join the conversation right here on the blog! Leave your...
Monifa Bandele's picture

On Women and Guilt

December 20, 2011
Another smart post from our friends at Role/Reboot . -Eds. I’m on the board of a small, parenting-related nonprofit organization, a board comprised of smart, thoughtful women who are mostly mothers of small children (and one dad, though our father pool is growing). In addition to our full-time parenting jobs, pretty much all of us have professional jobs, or are students. We’re all juggling a lot of balls, and we all take on this additional volunteer job as board members because we believe that the work of this organization is world-changing. Photo credit garryknight/Flickr Recently, we’ve...
Misty McLaughlin's picture

Another Barrier to Maternity Leave for Those Most in Need: Knowing About It

November 26, 2011
On Wednesday a new poll [PDF] was released that shows that people who are most likely to need paid family leave are least likely to be aware of programs that provide it. Specifically, California registered voters were surveyed to assess their awareness of the state’s groundbreaking Paid Family Leave Act, passed nearly 10 years ago. Fewer than 43 percent had “seen, read or heard” of the law allowing them to take paid leave to care for a new child or seriously ill family member. The program provides Californians with up to 55 percent of their wages for six weeks from a state disability...
Nanette Fondas's picture

Mothers of the Century (21st)

November 22, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org Prepare to be impressed with yourselves, girls. The US Census Bureau just put out new numbers on maternity leave and employment which show we’ve spent the past 40 years investing wisely in ourselves. First time mothers are more likely to have at least an undergrad degree by the time they give birth, now at an average age of 25. In fact, if a woman delays her first birth until age 30, she’ll probably join the 43% of mothers with a college degree. Teen pregnancy has dropped from 36% in...
Valerie Young's picture

Census Report Shows Inequality in Paid Leave

November 17, 2011
Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report that found that almost 51 percent of working women who gave birth to their first child between 2006 and 2008 received paid leave (which includes sick leave and vacation time), compared to 42% between 1996 and 2000. While the new figures represent progress, it’s hardly time to cheer. Over 49% of new mothers in the United States still do not have access to any form of paid parental leave. The U.S. remains the only industrialized country in the world that does not provide a statutory right to paid maternity leave. In fact, even counting...
Dina Bakst's picture

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...
Homa Tavangar's picture

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...
Valerie Young's picture

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...
Valerie Young's picture

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...
Misty McLaughlin's picture

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...
Phoebe Taubman's picture

Pages