When Will the Senate Get Serious About Paid Family Leave?

Before fleeing town for their five week vacation, a handful of Senators paid a little attention to the startling fact that most U.S. women cannot count on single day of paid leave when they have a baby. Practically all other countries allow women several months to recover from childbirth before returning to work and provide some income replacement during this time as well. Many countries also afford new fathers paid leave too. Image Credit: Cliff1066 via Flickr...more
It's high time we caught up to the rest of the world in acknowledging family structures have ...more

Congress Is Not Just For Old White Men - Moms Can Serve Too

The recent primary election brought the usual flood of campaign literature pouring through my letter slot. I had nearly tossed the pile into the recycling bin when I noticed something AMAZING.There was a large color photo of a Hispanic woman holding two tiny kids. The text began “As a mother of two children…” and was an endorsement for quality pre-K. It hit me – SHE was the candidate, and she was claiming her identity as a mother in her campaign for the state legislature. Had I ever seen such a thing before? Had it ever HAPPENED before?...more
We need more women--mothers, grandmothers, lesbians, singles, aunts, wives, daughters, sisters. ...more

Interview with Anea Bogue, Author of 9 Ways We're Screwing Up Our Girls....And How We Can Stop

Last week I posted the first half of my interview with Anea Bogue, the author of a fabulous book, 9 Ways We're Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop.  This week I'm so pleased to bring you the remainder of our conversation.  Check out the book when you've finished - it's an easy read, and you will find yourself in the pages, as well as heaps of information to use in your mothering of...more

@White House Working Families Summit

The White House Working Families Summit was the biggest thing to happen here in ages for the circle of women’s rights advocates in which I orbit.   So many things about it were right – a sense of jubilation, a racially and ethnically diverse group of attendees, a variety of ages, income levels, and a good number of men.  The big guns came out, with the President and Mrs. Obama earning lots of whoops and applause.  Both Bidens were there, along with Gloria Steinem looking ageless, Debra Lee of BET, and MIkaBrzesinski of MSNBC.  This was a BFD....more

How Can We Help Women's Careers? Better Parental Support... For Dads

Mark Tyler and I  have been talking about the ups and downs of being the at home parent.  I asked him to write a post about his experience.  After several weeks of writing between bouts of  cooking, cleaning, hugging, story-telling, dressing, playing, undressing, bathing, brushing, combing, driving, picking up and putting away, he sent me the following.  Thanks, Mark, and a very happy Father's Day to you. <...more

Family Caregivers, the Future, and Now

My friend and colleague in the fight for family caregivers, Janice Lynch Schuster, recently had a conversation with her children about what may happen when she becomes older.  It went like this, as Janice wrote in Fierce Urgency of Now: Family Caregivers and the Future that is Upon Us  for the blog Disruptive Women in Health Care:...more

Women Power US Economic Engine

One of the biggest stories of the past 50 years has been the movement of women into the paid workforce in unprecedented numbers. The income mothers and wives bring home has changed how we live, what we buy, and improved our quality of life while men’s wages have remained largely flat. It has also been a primary driver of the expanding American economy, as Janet Yellen, the first female Chair of the Federal Reserve, pointed out recently at a Women’s History Month celebration on Capitol Hill....more

Only Shades of Grey at the New York Times

Last week, the first female Executive Editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, was fired.  It was not an elegant dismissal.  Immediately rumors began to swirl about Ms. Abramson's supposed discovery that her compensation was lower than her predecessor's....more

Make Mother's Day Matter for Moms

I have big plans for Mother's Day this  year.  In fact, I'm giving myself more than a day - considering the number of minor miracles I pull off on a regular basis, I'm sure I merit several days.  You, too, I'm thinking......more

Lean On Me

My new friend and sister in the trenches is Shay Chan Hodges, the author of Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, which presents new perspectives on families and the future of work through a collection of twenty-six interviews and deep-diving interactive data.  The primary thesis of Lean On and Lead is that a successful 21st century innovation economy depends upon wom...more