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Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week: A Time to Engage Employers in the Breastfeeding Dialogue

August 3, 2011
As we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, 170 countries will be taking part in activities to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding to maternal and infant health around the world. This year’s theme is “ Talk to Me! Breastfeeding—a 3 D Experience ,” and focuses on using communication to...

Four Steps for Smart Scheduling

July 25, 2011
Last Monday, unions and employers came together to make work-life balance a reality for hourly workers. The common assumption is that workplace flexibility is impractical for hourly workers. Not so: On Monday, models emerged to offer workplace flexibility in three contexts where it might seem...
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Aaron's story: Luck shouldn't determine whether you can take responsibility for your family

July 19, 2011
I'm the proud father of a 6-week old baby girl. As you can imagine, I've had my share of sleepless nights recently - but it's helped me realize how lucky I am. Annie, Aaron and baby Ruby Growing up, my dad worked full-time as an elementary school teacher, and my mom did part-time accounting work,...

DC Police Officer Answers the Surgeon General's "Call to Action"

July 13, 2011
Recently, it came to light that a number of female Washington, DC police officers have faced work conditions that make it difficult for them to continue nursing their children after returning from maternity leave. One of the women, Officer Sashay Brown, came forward to share her experience. After...
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Have Work/Life Fit Questions? Meet the Joans!

July 11, 2011
Two of our favorite Joans (work/life fit experts!) will be speaking in the Bay Area about how both employers and employees benefit when employers make it easier for worker's to meet their responsibilities both at work and outside of work. • Joan Blades is the cofounder and president of MomsRising,...
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What Do Working Dads Want For Father's Day? According to a New Report, They Want Family-Friendly Workplace Laws and Policies

June 16, 2011
“I want to be the dad who attends all the little league games and dance recitals, the dad who is there in the afternoon/evening to help with homework, the dad who sits down to dinner with his family every night. My current job does not allow for that to happen.” — media professional and father of...
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Support PIWI's IndieGoGo Project to Bring Babies to Work!

June 7, 2011
More than 150 companies have discovered that enforced separation of parents from their newborns when they return to work is no longer necessary. These organizations have hosted an astonishing 1,800 babies over the years and have seen consistent benefits from allowing babies at work, including...
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Resume Advice After a Career Break: An Interview with iRelaunch

June 1, 2011
I noticed that a number of people find my blog because they are searching for information on dealing with a gap in their resume due to time out of the workforce to care for family. They land on this post, How to Explain Gap in Resume: Caring for Family or…Coma? , which tells the story of one mother...
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How to Ask for a Telecommute Arrangement

May 25, 2011
I recently met Ruth Martin from at a work life policy panel discussion put on by the Younger Women’s Task Force: DC Chapter . As I listened to Ruth talk about MomsRising and their grassroots efforts to bring greater work schedule flexibility to mothers, she quickly won my respect. In...

Social Security on the Rocks: What's at Stake for Younger Women

May 20, 2011
For many young working women, retirement security rests at the bottom of a lengthy priority list loaded with seemingly more pressing concerns. These include finding a satisfying, well-paying job, negotiating a raise and, for many, juggling family responsibilities with career advancement. Social...
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