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

Women's History Is Something We Make

It's time we made some history of our own, right here and right now....more

Mothering in a Mad, Mad World


Senator Patton, Sweetie, You're Wrong!

 Dear Senator Patton:...more

Presidential Candidates: More Talk on Family Economics, Please!

Now that 2016 is here, it's no longer safe to ignore the jockeying of presidential candidates for position.  Both Democrats and Republicans have held several debates, and there's been no lack of chest pounding and saber rattling.  Personally, I'd love to hear a rational conversation about issues we all share and serious proposals to address them.  Instead, it's a silly game of jeers, smears, and one-upsm...more
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It Matters to Mothers - How Should We Pay for Paid Leave?

 As a regular reader of this blog, you know that paid family leave is a multi-purpose policy proposal that I've long promoted.  Keeping parents of young children, and those who look after dependent family members, connected to their jobs allows them to provide for themselves and the ones they love.  When people hold on to their income, they are less likely to need welfare or other public assistance.  They have access to health care, if their employer sponsors a group insurance plan, again decreasing costs to the taxpayer.  Businesses that offer it do better, with ga...more

Going Back to Work in the New Year? Tips For Moms Making a Move

One of my favorite things about my job at Mom-mentum is spending time with members in their Mothers' Centers.  That's what I was doing a few weeks back when the conversation turned to going back to work (the paid kind, OUTSIDE the home!)....more
LorraineAkemann  Thanks so much Lorraine - i'm off to look at your posts.more