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Establishing a New Balance

October 28, 2011
Editor's note : This was originally published at Role/Reboot. October is annual National Work & Family Month . Who knew? A 2003 U.S. Senate Resolution declared this to be the month of “encouraging workplaces to pause…and reflect on the progress already made on the journey to work-life...
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Telework: Help Solve Climate Change By Staying Home

October 28, 2011
Would you believe me if I told you that we could take a big step to combating climate change simply by staying home from work? Rather, I should say, staying home and working. Call it “telecommuting.” Call it “virtual work.” Call it “working from home.” Call it “netWork.” I’m going to call it “...
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Parents in the Park: Occupy Wall Street, Work-Family Conflict and the 99%

October 27, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been sweeping the globe and captivating the media this month. With the message “We are the 99%,” American protesters are drawing attention to the frustrating growth of income inequality in the United States. Here in New York, working families have joined the...
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My National Work and Family Month Flashback

October 25, 2011
Every October, National Work and Family Month gives me flashbacks. When I became pregnant, I was a manager at a high-tech company. My job was at least fifty hours a week and, given a recent merger, would now include coast-to-coast travel. With my husband working crazy hours as a new associate at a...
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Building a Grassroots Movement: Taking Workplace Flexibility From Private to Public

October 21, 2011
By now it should come as no surprise to anyone to hear that American parents are struggling to meet the conflicting demands of their jobs and their families. As the field of work-life research has grown over the past two decades, we've seen hundreds of studies showing that structural changes in the...

Will They Still Make iPads, Mommy?

October 6, 2011
This morning my six-year-old snuggled next to me on the couch, an iPad on his lap open to a smurfs game app; the Wall Street Journal on my lap, headline blazing "Steven Paul Jobs, 1955-2011." I lifted the paper up to show him the photo of Jobs and told him that the inventor of the iPad had died. "...
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LSAT to Nursing Moms: Need Time to Pump? Tough Titties!

September 30, 2011
By Galen Sherwin, Staff Attorney ACLU Women's Rights Project Women should not be forced to choose between breastfeeding their babies and pursuing a legal education — right? Wrong — at least according to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the organization that administers the LSAT. This...
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Workplace Culture Wins Every Time

September 27, 2011
Last week reading a few new articles on worklife fit, brought to mind a mantra I have about organizational change. In the battle between well-intentioned policies and the unwritten rules of any workplace, unwritten rules win every time. From the Sloan Center on Aging and Work came this Fact of the...
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Unions Provide the Route For a Secure Future To Women and Their Families

September 23, 2011
This past Saturday, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) completed its 16th Biennial Convention. where we recommitted ourselves to those priorities that are so critical to working women and their families. The highest priority at our founding convention 37 years ago and now is JOBS ! But when...
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"Up All Night" Is the Least of It

September 22, 2011
Elizabeth Gedmark is a Law Fellow at A Better Balance. NBC’s new comedy show, “Up All Night,” which premiered Wednesday night stars Christina Applegate as a working mother who has just come back to work after taking maternity leave. Her husband, played by Will Arnett, is a new stay-at-home Dad who...
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