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This Mother’s Day, Take a Tour of the World’s Best and Worst Places to be a Mother

May 3, 2011
Each Mother’s Day, I celebrate the two most miraculous, deliriously happy days of my life – the days I gave birth to my two children. What I counted on during my birth experiences: health care, a safe and sanitary environment, and trained birth personnel. What would have never occurred to me, a resident of the United States having a baby in a very typical way in a wealthy nation: the day I become a mother is the most dangerous and deadly day I will face. But in many parts of the developing world, the day a woman becomes a mother is a day too often obscured by terrible tragedy and danger. She...

Working Parents: How Are You Doing? (Survey)

May 2, 2011
I just put together a very simple survey about working parents and stress. It takes only 3 minutes to complete. If you're a parent and you work to help support your family, here's what I'd like you to do: 1. Take the survey . 2. Share the survey (or this post) with everyone you know. 3. Come back in a few weeks to read about the results here, or at Working Moms Break . Why am I doing this? There's a ton of research about how time-starved working parents are, particularly in the U.S. where some experts say we work the longest hours of any developed country in the world. There's also a lot of...
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The Care Crisis: Unpaid Leave is No Leave At All

April 25, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org Unlike the rest of the world, the U.S. does not guarantee mothers and fathers paid time off from work when a baby is born or a child is adopted. This comes as a total shock and surprise to many. Some people, especially professionals and those at large companies, will be offered a certain number of weeks with some pay. However, this benefit is entirely at the employer's discretion. The U.S. Congress did pass the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 1993, but it only applies to certain...
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March in the Rear View Mirror

April 3, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org Women's History Month has drawn to a close, but there's time to sneak in a few comments. In recent weeks, two notable women have died. Elizabeth Taylor left as her legacy decades of activism and outspoken advocacy, saying what many in politics were too afraid to say about HIV/AIDS. Geraldine Ferraro left a marker for women's political participation. For many, her passing provokes dismay and despair that a woman still has not been elected President. Both of them made us see the world...
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Mommy's On Strike?

March 30, 2011
What if we just stopped having babies? You know, like an ANTI-labor labor movement. This may sound like a silly, made up argument, but right now, women in their childbearing years are "on strike" in something like than 90 countries in Europe and Asia and it's creating serious problems.
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The Icing or the Cake?

March 28, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org Opponents of paid family leave object to its expense and its tedious implementation. They may grudgingly agree that yeah, it would be nice, but insist we just can't afford it. This argument has been made so loudly for so long it has lodged into the public consciousness. Paid family leave is seen as a perk, a benefit, something extra that some lucky professionals at the upper reaches of the income scale may get, but nothing that a typical worker has a right to. Surprisingly, this really...
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A Wish List for Moms & Moms-to-be

March 23, 2011
Co-Authored by Michelle Noehren & Michelle Pompei We’ve been advocates for women’s rights for a while and while we have been big supporters of advocating for working moms in particular, nothing really prepared us for what life would be like as we each started our own families. The inequities faced by moms and moms-to-be have only become more glaring and our drive and passion to support moms is stronger than ever. We’re two Michelles at different points in our motherhood experiences. Michelle Noehren is expecting her first baby in May of this year while Michelle Pompei had her son Phineas...
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What About Me?

March 15, 2011
The Huffington Post recently named the growth of workplace flexibility at Fortune 500 companies as one of the top stories of the last decade. That's no surprise if you look at corporate data. A recent survey of CEOs found that the #1 investment challenge facing business in the next decade is "obtaining human capital and optimizing human capital investments," and that the #1 driver for attracting and keeping this talent is "providing flexibility to balance life and work." Firms of all sizes now promote creative options like telecommuting, paid leave and career breaks . It seems every day we...

Legislative Alert: H. R. 1 Funding Cuts to STEM Education, Special Education Scheduled to Take Effect March 18, 2011

March 4, 2011
Press your Senators to oppose HR 1 and keep funding for Head Start, IDEA (special ed funding), STEM education, and women's and children's health care paid for and in the budget. Click on our K12NN/POPVOX.com action and make your voice heard before March 18, 2011!
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We'd love a good nap, but...

March 3, 2011
Just the other day, two of us were on the phone celebrating our recent victories for mothers who choose to breastfeed. We had a happy conversation about how millions of mothers recently were granted the right to clean spaces to pump milk at work and reasonable breaks to do so, and how all mothers now have gained the ability to deduct the cost of expensive breast pumps and supplies on their taxes. As you know, the voices of MomsRising members played major roles in these victories. But we haven't won all the breastfeeding battles yet. So, not surprisingly, we also talked about just how very far...
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