Your Story is Herstory, and Congress Must Hear It

At the Mom-mentum Leadership Conference in March I met a woman who knows how important it is to take our stories straight to our elected representatives to make the changes mothers need in the US today.  In fact, her professional focus is helping to amplify women's voices in a public conversation where for far too long they have been marginalized or silenced entirely.  Especially now, with mothers so engaged in the paid labor force, but still doing most of the unpaid domestic work, our voices simply must shape and influence policy at every level....more

Tell Your Lawmakers to Support These Bills For Mother's Day

It's nice to get gifts but you should give yourself one too.  Sometime this week, call or email your elected representatives, the men and women YOU put in office and whose salaries YOU pay, and ask for a little love.  It's easy.There are several bills pending in the US Congress that could make your life better.  Pick one - or more - and go for it.  Each bill links directly to a fact sheet so you'll know what it's about and at the end I hook you up with your people on the Hill....more

Without Paid Family Leave - Disaster!

I recently received this message from a pregnant woman in Atlanta.  It really upset me....more

What Could A Postpartum Doula Do For You?

While childbirth is certainly a near- universal experience for women, we know that it can vary widely from mother to mother.  Not only that, no two deliveries are exactly the same - the arrival of my son was so very different from the arrival of my daughter.  This makes me very curious to know what people who see lots of new families at the very beginning may have observed.  When I met with Shannon Collier, founder of Holistic Helping Hand, I knew she could tell me....more

Would Equal Pay Be Enough?

Today is Equal Pay Day.  What’s this about?  In order to earn the same amount of money that a full-time, year round employed US man earned in 2014, a US woman working full-time and year round, has to work all of 2014 and up until today in 2015.  That’s three and a half additional months.  Put another way, women’s median annual earnings trail men’s by a divide of more than 20%, according to the Institute ...more

Does Moms' Unpaid Work Matter to the Economy?

International Women’s Day on March 8th saw an outpouring of social media about the status of women in the world, which varies greatly across countries and continents.  Here in the US, women occupy a strangely contradictory position.  We are better educated than ever, nearly half the paid labor force, the majority of the population and the larger share of voters.  Nonetheless, we lack paid maternity leave, still do most of the unpaid family care, and at every age women’s poverty rate is higher than men’s.  These solvable problems hurt women, disadvantage our fa...more

Can Congress Make "Being A Woman A Positive Thing"?

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When Dads Care for Babies, Their Brains Actually Change

The deeper I get into mothers' rights work, the more often I end up thinking about men and fathers. While there is no dispute that women, even now, do much more of the caregiving and homemaking than men, men's lives have changed both at home and at work as a result of women's leaps in education and employment outside the home. Changes in the activity of one gender are necessarily going to be felt, one way or another, by the other....more
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Mom In A Movie?

The great paradox of motherhood in America is that it is so often praised, so little valued, and so actively punished....more

Getting the Most From Your Maternity Leave

Mindful mama Lori Mihalich Levin is the mother of 2 children and a regulatory lawyer in Washington, DC.  She is also guiding dozens of women as they navigate their way out of and back to work when their lives are transformed by motherhood.  We sat down recently to talk about the origins of her 4-week online course Mindful Return....more