Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of Women Online and The Mission List . She is an Internet marketer who has been working with women online since 1999.
Blog Post List
February 27, 2017
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August 27, 2014
To read this blog post in English, click here . Por más de dos años, La Semana Laboral de Cuatro Horas ha sido un bestseller nacional. ¿Por qué? Porque la mayoría de nosotros nos resentimos estar atados a nuestros trabajos, y sabemos que podemos hacer aún un mejor trabajo si tuviéramos la flexibilidad. Pero los trabajadores están completamente sólos para descifrarlo. De 168 naciones , 163 tienen alguna forma de permiso de maternidad remunerado, dejando a Estados Unidos con la compañía de Lesoto, Papúa Nueva Guinea y Swazilandia. Lindo. Somos adultos que tienen demandas del trabajo y del hogar...
March 13, 2013
This story originally appeared in Women Online . I thought I’d be Lean In ’s biggest cheerleader. When I watch Sheryl Sandberg on television I fall in love with her. She’s articulate, compelling, beautiful, and she’s right. Things do need to change for women at work. And things need to change for women at home. But the conversation around Lean In makes me feel sad and confused, in an almost visceral manner. I want to be far removed from the noise the book has created, from the judging and from the implicit sense of expectations Sandberg sets for women. I think I would disappoint her. The...
October 31, 2012
It started this summer... conversations on the playground, on my favorite blogs, at work: Is this climate change? The hottest summer on record, Midwest tornadoes and floods, out-of-control forest fires. And this after a summer hurricane (Irene) and freak ice storm on Halloween 2011 had crippled my suburban Boston neighborhood and sent 100-year-old trees crashing into our houses. Oh and don't forget, we had hardly any snow last winter. This must be it, finally, moms in my formerly sheltered area thought. Climate change is here. What will it mean for my family? And now there is Sandy. I knew it...
August 2, 2010
For over two years, The Four Hour Work Week has been a national bestseller. Why? Because most of us resent feeling tethered to our jobs, and we know we could still do great work even if we had the ability to control our schedules and factor family needs into our day. But workers are completely on their own to figure it out. Out of 168 nations , 163 have some form of paid maternity leave, leaving the United States in the company of Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and Swaziland. Nice. We are grown ups who have home and work demands; what's wrong here? At the BlogHer Conference in NYC on August 7 at 1...
April 2, 2010
At the inaugural White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility yesterday President Obama stressed the profound disconnect between the needs of our families and the demands of our workplaces. As a whole our culture sees flexibility as a special perk for women rather than as a critical part of a workplace that can help all of us. Equally worrying is the way constant contact with our work--via mobile technology--is eroding any sense of separation between home and work. Sometimes the race to respond to a colleague's email overwhelms any rational sense of how urgent that email actually is. President...
December 14, 2009
A single mom needs work; she’s literally thinking about applying for welfare. As she writes on her blog , “I had been looking for a better job, but there were none to be had in the low-income/high-unemployment area where I lived. And I couldn’t get a full-time job anyway — I was still on the waiting list for a spot in daycare.” She starts working freelance, from home. This suits her schedule as a mom. But “I was treated like crap , too. Bossed around, degraded, condescended to, with jibes made about my having to work from home. I quickly learned not to mention I had kids. I quickly learned...
October 30, 2009
I was at the Working Mother Work Life Congress this week, which showcases the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers and also provides workshops and discussions for people who work in the field unfortunately called “work life.” Companies were asking: What should we do to retain new moms, and to keep them engaged and energized? I’m throwing it out there to you, because the numbers speak to a huge need to keep us. Sharon Klun from Accenture noted that the touch point for women is three for five months after they return from maternity leave. That’s when women are often in crisis, thinking, maybe...
July 10, 2009
A recent Good Morning America story reflected something I’m hearing more of from friends: now doesn’t feel like a safe time to take a full maternity leave. As Ellen Galinsky notes in the piece “The issue for women these days is that they are increasingly important financial supporters of the family,” unemployment rates and pay cuts increase monthly, and that leads to great stress, and fear of taking leave. So much so that ABC News called reduced maternity leave "the new normal." For most of us, this idea is just shy of heartbreaking. A recent conversation I had got me thinking, though, that...
June 25, 2009
Cross-posted from the Huffington Post Brenda Barnes , now CEO of Sara Lee, has gotten a lot of press because she left the corporate workforce for a decade to spend more time with her children, and recently returned to be CEO of a major company. Barnes is indeed a rare person, and women can make themselves feel guilty and bad for making trade offs when they're raising a family. But there are plenty of women out there who illustrate that scaling back work to spend time with family is not a professional death sentence in the long run. Christine Heenan , who spent her twenties in the Clinton...
June 9, 2009
While doing research for a CNN.com Live appearance on health care reform and the Senate, I collated a series of helpful links. I am a proponent of single payer reform, but as has been reported, it's just off the table on Capitol Hill. Obama himself said, "if he could start from scratch, single-payer might make sense—the same thing he said during the campaign." But apparently, single payer is off the table. Without a public option, I don't see how health reform can last and really make change. Mandating everyone to get insurance doesn't solve the problem that just having insurance doesn't...
May 29, 2009
Julie Pippert writes of the battle to protect CHIP in Texas. You can act now to voice your support of CHIP in Texas. And, as more states face budget shortfalls, protecting CHIP/SCHIP in your state will be an issue to keep watching- in California, Gov. Schwarzenegger "may eliminate the State Children's Health Insurance Program, called Healthy Families, to meet a $21.5 billion budget shortfall, state officials said. The program provides health insurance coverage for almost 1 million children and teens in the state who aren't eligible for Medicaid." More from TX: The Children’s Health Insurance...
May 28, 2009
When I was a kid I wasn’t allowed to watch anything but PBS. I was completely out of the loop and constantly teased for my lameness. I will never do that to my kids! Kids loving TV is a reality for parents, and it can be a positive force. But a SurveyUSA poll of 1000 parents finds that more children are spending time with media at a much younger age and for much longer periods of time than what is recommended by experts. According to the survey, 62% of preschoolers spend two or more hours with media per day while 69% of children seven years or older spend two or more hours with media per day...
May 15, 2009
Does the Second Shift still apply? I’m re-reading Arlie Hochschild’s 1989 classic in preparing a syllabus for a course on 21st Century feminism. Hochschild’s findings were clear and familiar to many women: when they get home from work, many women with children work a “second shift” of domestic and child care responsibilities. Hochschild opens her book with the iconic advertising image of a together and perfect supermom with the “flying hair,” briefcase in one hand, baby in the other. She’s got it all down: work, home, marriage. Every woman Hochschild interviews knows that image, and most of...
April 29, 2009
Maria Shriver announced that we now live in what she calls “A Woman’s Nation.” She wrote on the Huffington Post last week :