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US Dads Deserve to be Envious

June 19, 2011
Here's an op-ed on how dads in many other countries get paid paternity leave under law, and it pays off for businesses, economies, and families. But US dads get no guarantee of paid paternity or family leave under law. Published in the Houston Chronicle: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7615969.html
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What Do Working Dads Want For Father's Day? According to a New Report, They Want Family-Friendly Workplace Laws and Policies

June 16, 2011
“I want to be the dad who attends all the little league games and dance recitals, the dad who is there in the afternoon/evening to help with homework, the dad who sits down to dinner with his family every night. My current job does not allow for that to happen.” — media professional and father of two children, ages 2 and 5 With Father’s Day just around the corner, A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center has released a new report, Beyond the Breadwinner: Professional Dads Speak Out on Work and Family . This report clearly shows that work-family challenges are not just a women's...
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Is There Paternity Leave in Baseball?

May 17, 2011
I'm a baseball fan and a work/family advocate, so I loved the hoopla over the Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis taking paternity leave to attend the birth of his daughter. High-profile fans denounced him in blogs and on the radio for "caring more about being a father than a starting pitcher." Work/family advocates praised him for putting family first. For those of us working on expanding maternity and paternity leave rights in this country, events like these throw a welcome spotlight on how far we've come and how far we still have to go. Colby Lewis is not the first major league...
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It’s Time for a Family Friendly America

May 10, 2011
By Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs, National Partnership for Women & Families Mother’s Day. It’s a day when we shower the mothers in our lives with well-deserved compliments and gifts that show our appreciation. The heartfelt thanks, expressed in cards, flowers and chocolates, certainly have their place, but mothers today also need something much more lasting – policies that let them meet their own needs and those of their families. Today, too many mothers have to choose between the health and wellbeing of their families and their economic security because the United...
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Americans Value Moms, Policies Don't

May 6, 2011
Americans value moms, but US policies don’t – especially when it comes to paid maternity and family leave. Check out this oped on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janet-walsh/paid-leave-act-_b_858198.html
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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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