'Bad Moms': Real Moms or Reel Moms?

I finally carved out some time last weekend to see Bad Moms with two of my mom friends. We laughed. One of us cried. Then we talked....more

Pregnant Women, Zika, and Fury

 I was used to the state of general disrespect towards pregnant women we have in the US.  But this Zika thing has put me right over the edge....more

Where Does Our National Security Come From?

It baffles me that the most common problems in American households are not getting more attention during this campaign season. Every single person in the US has received care from parents or other family members.  Nearly all of us will or already have had to care for a child, an aging parent, spouse, partner, or an ill family member. Care is no longer transacted outside the national economy.  It’s increasingly right in the middle of it!...more
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Give Dad A Hand This Father's Day

 father and son smiling at the beachIt's taken a long time, decades in fact, but there is real change in the lives of fathers. Finally....more

United State of Women - Watch It!


Put Mom In The Game

My friend Leith Greenslade has been hard at work on her Motherhood + Public Power Index, an effort to get more mothers into powerful positions around the world.  Her 2016 report on mothers in power in the US and China includes this fact:  "Mothers do slightly better in the United States, holding 16 of the top 160 jobs (10%), compared to mothers in China, who hold just seven of the 160 most powerful positions (4%)."...more

Why Motherhood is the Best/Worst Decision You'll Ever Make

You really do have to give a tip of your hat to American mothers.  Any way you look at it, we are pretty extraordinary....more
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The Gender Pay Gap Is a Symptom, Not Cause of Inequity

Washington Post Economics columnist Robert Samuelson recently asked What's the Real Gender Pay Gap?  His answer is that it is much lower than the reported 21%, and probably explained by women's (slightly) less experience and tendency to congregate in lower paying jobs like cashiers, health care aides, and receptionists.  ...more
But the persisting gap could have other causes. There’s 'the motherhood wage penalty': Women ...more

Earth Day: What If Moms Get Together to Help Climate Change?

What are the chances that hanging out in a friend’s living room would lead you to call your Governor and state legislators, send letters to your local paper and present climate change data to your town council? It happened to Lisa Fitzgibbons at a house party in Cambridge, Massachusetts when she discovered Mothers Out Front and its mission to combat climate change on the grassroots level. ...more

Equal Pay Day... For Moms?

Equal Pay Day arrives this year on April 12, representing the extra three months and 12 days it takes a full-time, year round working woman to earn on average what a full-time, year round working man did in 2015....more