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16 Million Reasons for the Candidates to Care about Poverty

October 2, 2012
By the time President Obama and Governor Romney throw out the first punches in the October 3 debate, many of the nation’s 16 million poor children will be fast asleep. Some of them will have gone to bed hungry. Some of them will be sleeping in homeless shelters or substandard housing. Many of them...
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Raising Kids Who Care

September 25, 2012
It was one of those mornings when I was in a hurry, but the universe had other plans. I sat my groggy four-year old down with a buttered bagel so I could rush to get ready while she ate, but when I came running back to her, I saw that she had placed a favorite coffee-table book in front of her and...
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You Can Ignore It, But It WON’T Go Away

September 20, 2012
I suspect that one reason the U.S. has made so little progress towards pro-caregiver policies is that women figure once the children grow up and go to school, the work/family conundrum will sort itself out. We may have a few rough years of living on just one income, or being uncomfortably stretched...
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A Global Manifesto for Working Moms

September 12, 2012
This post originally appeared in the Global Motherhood section of the Huffington Post. With the continued reverberations of Anne-Marie Slaughter's article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" on why high-achieving American women still struggle to combine motherhood and work, it's time to look at the...
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With your help, we will put a stop to maternity leave discrimination

September 10, 2012
Last week, we announced a $20,000 settlement , the latest in a series of important HUD enforcement actions across the country to address denials of home loans to women because they are pregnant or on maternity leave. We are able to aggressively pursue this type of discrimination because of the help...
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Back to Work, with Cigars

September 6, 2012
The Labor Day op-ed I co-authored with Anne-Marie Slaughter was written before I read a stupendous, and sobering, article by Erin Kelly , a sociologist at University of Minnesota, who is one of the foremost work-family researchers in the country. (All data and quotes in this article are from her...
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New BLS Data Confirm Unequal Access to Paid Leave Among U.S. Workers

August 17, 2012
Yesterday the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) on access to and use of paid leave by American workers. This is the first time the ATUS has included questions on leave-taking among American workers, with a module paid for by the Department of...
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Yep, Having Kids Will Hurt Your Career

August 16, 2012
A great piece that investigates Generation X's feelings about "having it all." Written by Melanie Dunn CT Working Moms Blogger Every day, moms-to-be scour the blogosphere for confirmation that when they someday choose to become pregnant, have their babies, and go about the task of raising them...
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First woman to moderate a presidential debate in DECADES.

August 14, 2012
Candy Crowley. Image via Wikipedia. Great news yesterday! FINALLY, after decades without a female moderator, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that a woman, Candy Crowley of CNN, would moderate one of the three nationally televised Presidential debates. [1] Woot! *Click here to...
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I Don't Want Your Sorry-Ass Life

August 13, 2012
Marissa Mayer is naïve. Or so say a million mommy blogs, and I just can’t get this issue out of my head. Once the baby is born, say the blogs, she will see that a two-week maternity leave is not realistic. This is a typical gender war: women judging each other is one of the key mechanisms for the...
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