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Isaac Luria for #DoubleBooked: Building Human-friendly Workplaces that Value the Human Spirit

February 26, 2014
This blog originally appeared on February 25, 2014 as part of the Religious Action Center’s blog series “Double Booked: A Conversation about Working Families in the 21st Century.” Double Booked deals with the many issues that affect working families, and features everything from personal stories to policy analysis. Visit the Double Booked portal to read more posts and subscribe for updates, or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #doublebooked. --- I was invited recently to a conference organized by the Obama Administration on combating child trafficking – an issue...
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Fair Workplace Policies, Paternity Leave and More in Weekly Blog Roundup

February 24, 2014
"The greatest gift that we have as human beings is our ability to empathize." These words are attributed to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas. Empathy is just one of the big topics covered in the MomsRising blog posts this past week. Check out the top five blogs posts, comment on the stories and share them with your friends and family. #RADIO Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner The guests were on fire this week! And no wonder--the topics they discussed are headline news. We heard experts on health insurance for children in Texas, the child tax...
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Leaning on Each Other to Lead: Parents have the skills and talents to create meaningful change together

February 23, 2014
Last November I uploaded my ebook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, to the iBooks Store. In addition to the next-gen interactivity within the book, Apple allows authors to update publications, with readers automatically receiving free updates. So I designed a new cover (with the help of my artistic teenage son), cleaned up commas and clunky phrases, spruced up graphics, re-worked widgets, and added content. My 1.1 update went "live" yesterday. Lean On and Lead 1.0 already had twenty-four compelling interviews with working mothers and fathers that demonstrated...
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#DoubleBooked: Reflections On My Working Father

February 19, 2014
I can still smell the steak that my dad grilled one night during my teenage years. He was a little bit obsessed with making this one lemon rice dish, but overall it was the perfect complement to any main dish- not so flavorful as to compete, but more exciting than plain rice. Nothing tasted better than his perfect tuna fish sandwich on fresh sourdough bread-even for dinner. His gazpacho was, and still is, to die for. My dad, now a septuagenarian, has worked as the Director of Clinical Education and as a law professor at IIT Chicago-Kent Law School for as long as I can remember. On top of his...
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Mothers of the Moment

February 18, 2014
We’re poised at a sweet spot between the release of The Shriver Report in January, and the arrival of March as Women’s History Month. Momentum is growing for paid leave and paid sick days, candidates for the 2014 mid-term elections are shaping their campaigns, and think tanks in DC are churning out data on women at a furious pace. Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand have been pushing their Women’s Economic Opportunity Agenda with legislation to promote pay equity, paid leave, paid sick days, accessible and affordable child care, and an end to discrimination against pregnant workers. Under the...
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Grammys, Good Food Force and More in Weekly Blog Roundup

February 18, 2014
The month of February is shaping to be a busy month – the Grammys, the Superbowl and now the Olympics. Here are the top five posts from the MomsRising blog this week. Read the stories, share them with your friends and family, get involved in the discussion in the comment section. Happy reading! #RADIO this week! — Sexism, Brain Development, the Grammys, and Effective Volunteering! A host of topics were on deck this week, including sexism in the media, making a difference as a volunteer and Grammy highlights. Special guests included: Imran Siddiquee, The Representation Project; Dr. Sarah...
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#BlfBfing trends on Twitter with sex, family, jobs and support

February 14, 2014
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Where is the love for #BlkBfing? Join the 2/12 chat!

February 8, 2014
The #BlkBfing chat is back on 2/12 at 7 PM ET with a powerful conversation on the hidden importance of support for successful breastfeeding from family support and nursing in stores to workplace pumping and family leave. The chat is hosted by MomsRising , Ebony.com , mater mea and Women's eNews . Our guests and co-sponsors include: Breastfeeding ROSE Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association HealthConnect One Mocha Manual They will address questions like, "What should a bfing woman know to prepare for returning to work or school?" and "What should a significant other know about sex during the...
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Rhonda Ross, daughter of Diana Ross, shares her journey to conceive

February 6, 2014
a mater mea exclusive interview with Rhonda Ross My husband and I have been together for a long time, almost 20 years. For the first 10 of those, maybe longer, we tried unsuccessfully to conceive. I was in my 20s and everybody said, “Ah, you’re in your 20s, you’re fine! Just try harder!” Then by 30, they’re like “Well, maybe we should check some things out.” And then by 35, they’re like “Well. Now you’re old.” It was a very difficult time. I think these kinds of things either make or break relationships, and it made ours. Infertility can be really hard, especially on a young marriage. Then in...
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FMLA at Twenty-One: Let’s Blow Out the Candles and Get to Work

February 5, 2014
A 20th anniversary is an important milestone. But turning 21? Although exciting for young adults, it’s a slightly less momentous number for a law. So, with the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) a year behind us, 21 is a good time to roll up our sleeves and get to work, improving upon the law. On this anniversary, policymakers, advocates, and businesses are calling for Congress to do more for working families. The FMLA provides some workers with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to care for a new baby, tend to a sick family member, or...
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