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Time to Stop Free-Riding on Families

February 10, 2010
For generations, our country has been free-riding on families. Our economy is built on the invisible and free labor of millions--many of them women--who provide essential care to their families, whether it is the education and socialization of the next generation of workers or the comfort and care...
Phoebe Taubman's picture

It's not so complicated- communicate more, assume less

January 10, 2010
As I resolve to be a better person in 2010, I think about a poignant bit of paternal wisdom -- one I received from my dad via his holiday letter. My father, a retired shrink, is now 82 and closed out 2009 by shipping 1400 pounds of psychiatric texts to an institute in Beijing. Packing up this...
Sharon Meers's picture

Paycheck Jobs, Paycheck Feminism

October 30, 2009
I’ve been on a one-woman campaign to resurrect the phrase, paycheck job , used by Betty Friedan in The Feminine Mystique forty years ago. Friedan was referring, of course, to jobs outside the home for which people receive money. She recognized that the unpaid job of caring for children and home was...
Nanette Fondas's picture

Reality Check: Women Want Work/Home Equality and Flexibility

October 23, 2009
No doubt The Shriver Report , “A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything,” meant to stir up debate and discussion. Hoopla has surrounded the news that women have just about reached parity with men by comprising 50% of the paid workforce; and that women and men agree on much about their evolving roles as...
Nanette Fondas's picture

Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) in the US Capitol

October 15, 2009
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog This week on the Hill, members of the Work, Family and Health Network presented their findings at a congressional briefing about the intersection of workplace policy and workers' health and well-being. When employees face conflict between work and family...
Valerie Young's picture

Work Environments that Work for Families

October 6, 2009
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog Written by MOTHERS volunteer Kelly Coyle DiNorcia ( ahimsamama.blogspot.com ) Before I became a mother, I spent long hours in the office. I probably logged sixty or seventy hours a week as an administrator for a non-profit organization on average - during busy...
Valerie Young's picture

The Opting Out Myth

October 1, 2009
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog The US Senate decreed in 2003 that October be designated Work and Family Month . This year's observance started off with a BANG this morning with the Washington Post announcing on its front page that the "opt out revolution", i.e. working women leaving the board...
Valerie Young's picture

How do smart employers make work “work” in a down economy?

August 14, 2009
Smart employers are using flexible work options to manage through the recession—and help their employees manage. The organization I head, the Families and Work Institute , highlights 260 award-winning employers across the US using innovative approaches and practices including: • Giving employees...

Jack Welch: "No Such Thing As Work-Life Balance"

July 14, 2009
Former General Electric Co. Chief Executive Jack Welch gave a bummer of a speech to the Society for Human Resource Management's annual conference on June 28. In it, he had some harsh words for women, ahem, mothers: "'There's no such thing as work-life balance,' Mr. Welch [said]. 'There are work-...
Elisa Batista's picture

Michelle Obama on Work-Life Balance

May 12, 2009
Cross-posted at MotherTalkers . Glad to see we have a first lady focused on the plight of working families. In a recent speech before corporate executives, Michelle Obama addressed the internal conflict faced by many working parents trying to have it all -- or simply make ends meet -- and why...
Elisa Batista's picture

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