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Sleepless in Sacramento?

July 30, 2009
Today is Governor Schwarzenegger's birthday. But we're not exactly in the mood to throw him a party right now. On Tuesday, the Governor used his line-item veto authority to revise the state budget and add another $50 million in cuts to the state's Healthy Families Program, bringing the total cuts...
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A Day For Parents

July 22, 2009
Embracing his daughters, walking hand-in-hand to a Halloween party, attending parent-teacher conferences, soccer games and dance recitals -- these are the images of President Barack Obama that have most captured my heart and imagination. I confess, this mom has a sentimental side. But, the real...

UPDATED! Help Daniel's mom keep her home

June 30, 2009
On Friday, we heard a story that we felt we had to share with you. It's about Daniel's 84 year-old mom, Irene. Her bank is selling the house she has lived in for 34 years.

What's $1.00 minus .78 cents?

May 12, 2009
What's $1.00 minus .78 cents? It's the difference between your salary and the salary of your male counterparts. If you're a woman of color, you can subtract at least an additional 10 cents, and for single mothers you can take away even more . That's right: Just sixty cents to a man's dollar. Seem...


March 19, 2009
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White House Council on Women and Girls

March 16, 2009
Yesterday the President announced the formation of the White House Council on Women and Girls. This is a very high level group comprised of Cabinet Secretaries and the directors of numerous federal agencies.
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"Shovel-Ready" Isn't Enough

February 9, 2009
I spent most of the weekend watching the debate in the Senate on the stimulus bill, or listening to people talk about the debate on the stimulus bill. I know I am suffering from stimulus bill overload, but before I go stick my head in an ice bucket, I want to make the following points.
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To Market, To Market . . .

February 2, 2009
I am still thinking about the stimulus plan, and the role "market forces" played in making this mess.
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Pregnant in the WNBA

February 2, 2009
I was at the same time cheered and chagrined to read an article in the New York Times Sports Section last weekend (January 24) about WNBA star Candace Parker’s effort to balance career and family. I was pleased to read yet another example of a high achieving woman making choices about finding the...

Me and Caroline Kennedy

January 28, 2009
When Caroline Kennedy wanted to be considered for Hillary Clinton's seat in the US Senate, a number of articles appeared presenting her as the icon of mid-life womanhood, returning to the workplace after years spent in the home raising children. To which I thoughtfully responded, "Huh?"
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