Blog Post List
July 24, 2012
Marissa Mayer created a lot of buzz last week with her simultaneous announcement that she was selected as the new CEO of Yahoo and that she is expecting a baby in October. Coming on the heels of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article about “having it all” in the Atlantic last month, this story is helping to keep working women in the headlines. While we’re thrilled that the issues we dedicate ourselves to every day are back in the media spotlight, we’re disappointed that many stories about Marissa Mayer’s announcement dwell only briefly on the challenges facing millions of women who lack the resources...
March 8, 2012
Women’s History Month is arriving this year in the midst of a “War on Women.” Many of the battles in today’s war are being fought on familiar ground—around women’s reproductive health and choice—but the surrounding context is quite different from that of wars gone by. In today’s America, women make up half of the workforce and many of them are primary earners for their families. Millions of families rely on women to afford food, health care, education, housing and the other essentials of life. And our economy relies on women to feed its engines of production. But in order for women to work,...
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 protests, and parents are working together to highlight the many struggles of today’s families, such as the rapidly rising costs of health care and child care. On Columbus Day, many children visited Zuccotti Park , the movement’s home base just a few blocks away from A Better Balance’s office. Based on...
August 3, 2011
When I gave birth last year, I was certain I wanted to breastfeed my baby and I assumed it would be pretty straightforward: breast + baby = food, right? Our bodies were built for this and women have been doing it for thousands of years, I thought, so it shouldn’t be too hard. Boy was I wrong! Eight weeks and a split nipple later, I considered giving up. I had prepared for and successfully tackled the challenges of labor, but after weeks of sleepless nights and tears, my tolerance for pain and emotional endurance were waning. Luckily for me, I had the resources to seek help and I didn’t have...
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 of the elderly. We have taken for granted that women will shoulder the lion's share of unpaid care work, even as they dedicate increasingly more hours to paid work. Although 70% of children are growing up in families headed by either a single working parent or two working parents, our workplace...
September 26, 2008
Governor Sarah Palin has been bad news for those fighting for better work/family balance on two counts. She has unleashed a torrent of criticism, even from progressives, that amounts to old-fashioned sexist discrimination.
August 21, 2008
Change is in the air this year. For the first time in a generation, young people are galvanized in record numbers by the presidential campaign and have devoted themselves with renewed energy to the democratic process. If they vote in numbers similar to those we have seen on the campaign trail, they could change the political landscape for years to come.