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"A Little Bit of Credit"...for Dad

June 16, 2014
Mark Tyler and I have been talking about the ups and downs of being the at home parent. I asked him to write a post about his experience. After several weeks of writing between bouts of cooking, cleaning, hugging, story- telling, dressing, playing, undressing, bathing, brushing, combing, driving, picking up and putting away, he sent me the following. Thanks, Mark, and a very happy Father's Day to you. With all of the advancements that women have made in our society, including succeeding in job fields that were previously denied to them, and now obtaining well over half of all college and...
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Calling Young Artists! National Contest to Raise Awareness About Poverty

June 16, 2014
With the swipe of a paintbrush or click of a camera, your child can make a difference in the fight to end poverty. Not only that, they have the chance to win exciting prizes, and have their artwork showcased in a national campaign. As part of our mission to build the political and public will to cut poverty in half in ten years, the Half in Ten Campaign is hosting our first ever nationwide art competition with the theme Our American Dream—What Will It Take To Get There? , and the June 30th submission deadline is only two weeks away. We are calling on everyone, ages 4 to 24 , to unleash their...
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Just Like You

June 13, 2014
We were sitting around on the living room floor, watching our kids flash by us as they ran in circles around the house. Three moms, brought together only by our children, talking about those kids as one of our few common topics of conversation, as relaxed as the situation will allow. Until one of the other moms, talking about her struggle with infertility, looks at me and says, "You're too young to understand what it's like to have to work so hard, and wait so long, for a family." So much for relaxed. I was eighteen when I came out. It was simultaneously not all that long ago, really, while...
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The Hidden Story Behind Student Loan Debt

June 13, 2014
Here are some of the budget trade-offs we could make to help Millenials attain higher education without burgeoning student loan debt.
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Why I’m a Title IX/Patsy Mink Fangirl – and why that’s not geeky at all

June 12, 2014
I woke up Tuesday to the news that I had been invited to the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington DC , where participants will be addressing the same issues raised in interviews and data in my iBook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy . Because I live on Maui, almost 5,000 miles from the nation’s capital, I didn’t really expect an invite. So I’m pretty excited. My first hurdle was filling out the registration form and trying to choose breakout sessions. I want to go to all of the afternoon sessions. The topics are Caregiving, Talent Attraction...
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When You Shop, Think About Moms in Retail

June 10, 2014
Last week, moms who work at Walmart walked off the job across the country. Joined by co-workers and allies, they have been calling for respect and decent wages—at least $25,000 a year—and demanding an end to retaliation against employees who speak out for better working conditions. They also took their message to Walmart chairman and heir Rob Walton personally, and to the annual Walmart shareholders meeting. Walmart mom Evelin Cruz of the Pico Rivera, Calif., store said , “I’m striking for Barbara, for Tiffany and for other moms who Walmart has tried to silence. Our families cannot continue...
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Pre-K in PA Crosses Party Lines

June 9, 2014
Early childhood education continues to receive growing support from within Pennsylvania. Through the statewide Pre-K for PA campaign, educators and community leaders are not the only ones expressing a commitment to investing in the state's youngest learners. Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and Former Gov. Mark Schweiker (R) toured the state from Erie to Philadelphia to encourage their state leaders to commit to pre-k for all Pennsylvania 3 & 4 year olds by 2018. Convening in Philadelphia at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Governor Mark Schweiker noted how the investment makes...
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Way to Go Colorado! Much Needed Child Care Assistance Signed into Law in the Centennial State

June 9, 2014
Newsflash: Child care is expensive . In a majority of states, the cost of child care for an infant exceeds the cost of public college tuition . That cost pinches the wallets of all families with young children in paid child care. For low-income families, it’s much more than a pinch— on average, families in poverty who pay for care spend nearly one-third of their income on that care . Child care costs in Colorado are particularly high relative to median income—on this measure, Colorado ranks among the least affordable . But parents will have help with these costs thanks to new state...
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A Mixed CD

June 8, 2014
I went back to Miami, Florida recently to visit my mom for Mother’s Day and found a bunch of my old mixed CDs from when I was 15. I decided to give one a listen and what I heard was an amazing amalgamation of Shakira, Boys to Men, Enrique Iglesias, and Savage Garden. Listening to it made me smile, because even in my early teen years, the seeming incongruence of being Latina and American defined my spaces—or as my dad always put it—being a "Café con Milk" kid. I’ve always felt the most comfortable in spaces where “Spanglish” is the norm—surrounded by people with which I can smoothly move from...
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Un CD Mezclado

June 8, 2014
Volví a Miami, Florida recientemente para visitar a mi madre por el Día de las Madres, y encontré un montón de mis viejos CDs mezclados de cuando tenía 15 años. Decidí escuchar uno y lo que oí era una combinación asombrosa de Shakira, Boys to Men, Enrique Iglesias y Savage Garden. Escucharlo me hizo sonreír, porque hasta en mis años de la adolescencia, la aparente incongruencia de ser Latina y estadounidense me definió, o como mi papá siempre decía, la identidad de ser una niña de <<Café con Milk>>. Siempre me he sentido más cómoda en espacios donde el “Spanglish” es normal—...
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