Well, the blogs are keeping it going and it is awe inspiring.
Over at MotherTalkers.com, Elisa has a fantastic conversation going on about single moms in the workplace. I really like this comment from "Shenanigans":
If you've got someone in your office who has to leave early to pick up the kids regularly, figure out a solution. If they're worth keeping, put them on part time or figure out how they can do some work from home or have them put in time in some other way.
Yes! It is all about finding a solution. NOT about making blanket assumptions and decisions because of a person's life and obligations: you know, the whole concept of work AND family instead of work OR family. Isn't that the definition of family friendly in its most pure sense -- figuring out how work and family can co-exist in a healthy, peaceful and productive way?
Asha at Parent Hacks also posted on the issue and one of her readers shared this story:
This is such an important issue. Unfortunately, the best way to enforce this is through EEOC cases. I filed one against the company where I used to work (because of)pregnancy and new mother discrimination (they let men and non mothers telecommute, but pulled the preggos and new moms back in to show they were "toughening up" on that whole baby thing.) I was fired for even complaining about it.
The EEOC said I had a great case. A year ago. I wonder when the investigation is going to happen? I stoped calling. Not holding my breath here. Good thing I got another job.
Over at Miriam Peskowitz's Playground Revolution Crank Mama said she sent an email on to our dear friend in Gornder's office who blew Kiki off the other day, Todd Roup. Miriam even provides suggested language for an email. My advice to Gordner, Roup et.al. -- never underestimate a mother.