Blog Post List
October 19, 2009
This week we celebrate National Women's Business Week and celebrate we should. Why? Women-owned businesses: Number 10.1 million Represent 30 percent of all U.S. businesses (and 40 percent of privately-held firms) Employ 23 million people (16 percent of the workforce) Generate 3 trillion in revenue Are more likely to offer supportive, family-friendly benefits like flex-time and profit sharing ! And millions of women work for small businesses. You don't always see these women and moms in the glamorous work places that are shown usually on television and discussed in books and articles, but we...
June 21, 2009
A friend recently gave birth to twins. When I visited them today, she sat feeding one baby a bottle, while dad was bathing the other baby—classically—in the kitchen sink. Does this scene surprise you? Probably not, if you’re under age twenty-nine. According to a recent study by the Families and Work Institute , today many men and women are chucking traditional parenting roles—as in, the mom takes care of both those babies while the dad goes to work to earn money. Only 41% of the people surveyed held that view, down from 64 percent in 1977. Men’s attitudes have changed even more than women’s:...
May 27, 2009
On May 13, Workplace Flexibility 2010, an organization at Georgetown University, released its summary report: Public Policy Platform on Flexible Work Arrangements. It's a set of policy solutions to expand Americans’ access to flexible work arrangements such as compressed workweeks, predictable schedules, and telecommuting. The report represents the end of a five-year review of research and listening to employer, employee, and consumer representatives on all sides of the issue, left and right, public and private sectors, management and workers. It tries to provide a blueprint for the White...
February 6, 2009
. We've heard of the trade gap, wage gap, and gender gap. Now comes the " milk gap ."
November 18, 2008
POST-ELECTION WRAP-UP AND LOOKING FORWARD This year we had the pleasure of working with MomsRising members to elevate key family issues for candidates through personal communications to candidates and media displays at the Democratic and Republican conventions. Our members also worked hard to get other moms both registered and voting with mother and family issues in mind. To read more about our MomsVote program go to: http://www.momsrising.org/110508PressRelease Moms in our nation packed a powerful political punch this election: Exit polls found that moms listened, voted, and The New York...
October 17, 2008
With the November presidential election drawing near, we may see groups of Americans pitted against one another: young versus old, blue states versus red, liberals versus conservatives.
October 1, 2008
Sometimes our kids know more than we do. Children know that if they keep asking their parents the same question, over and over, they might just get the answer they are looking for.
September 17, 2008
When we try to fit together the pieces of the puzzle we call our work and family lives, often there’s a piece missing, another ripped in half, or one whose place we simply cannot find.
July 31, 2008
I regret to inform you that you're a victim of your own success: As a result of mothers across the country expressing their outrage at wage discrimination, we have not one, but two (yes, two!) major pieces of legislation moving in Congress to protect women and people of color from discrimination in the workplace.
July 14, 2008
I have written an article in Tikkun magazine called, “Can a Group Like MomsRising.org Lead the U.S. to a New Bottom Line?” It’s a brief introduction to the mothers’ movement, MomsRising.org’s MOTHERS platform, and how these point to the need for and possibility of a new bottom line in America, one where families should not have to choose between the job they need and the family they love. I argue that at this moment in U.S. history, few Americans would be anything but grateful if public policies and business practices could help them realize synergy between their work and non-work lives...
June 29, 2008
Are you thinking about re-entering the workforce after time at home? These tips, tools, and resources will help: - How to Prepare to Return to Work, by Maggie Jackson. Describes difficulties following the decision to return to work; describes resources and programs for opting back into the workplace; offers down-to-earth advice about how to find an on-ramp (e.g., figure out who you are, pick your battles, wise up, network, prepare your short story to describe where you’ve been, don’t apologize!). - Getting Back on the Career Track, by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin . Two moms who...
June 28, 2008
Soccer moms, security moms ….. How will the mothers’ vote be labeled this year? Broke and burned out moms?
May 13, 2008
Many election-year observers have noted the absence of a compelling idea or framework to unite either party—and ultimately the electorate—in the Presidential race. Slogans like "change," "experience," and "security" don't suffice at a time when Americans are being pounded by waves of global, demographic, and technological change.
March 11, 2008
On International Women's Day Saturday, I started thinking about moms around the world and then moms in our own United States of America. As the mother of four children, I've spent a lot of time over the years breastfeeding babies, and so I wondered: Why do moms in the U.S. still lack a guarantee of some paid maternity leave so they have time to bond with their bundles-of-joy?
February 26, 2008
Written by Nanette Fondas and Katie Bethell A stay-at-home mother doesn't get a paycheck, so she might wonder if the Fair Pay Restoration Act impacts her life. At first glance it appears not, but a closer look shows that it does affect her and that all moms -- regardless of their stay-at-home or working mother status -- would be wise to support it.
May 31, 2007
Would you like to return to the paid labor force but are concerned about how to find an opportunity that will allow you to fulfill your family or other non-work obligations, nervous about how to “market yourself” to potential employers, or unsure about what type of work you want to do? We know how you feel. We took time out to be home with our children, and then relaunched our careers years later. Based upon our experience, and that of the 100+ women we interviewed for our book, as well as the career counselors, recruiters and employers whose advice we sought, we’ve developed a detailed...
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