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

State of the Union - Women's Issues Now "National Economic Priorities"

 President Obama put paid leave, childcare, and pay equity front and center in economic policy last night in his State of the Union address, right where they belong.   By including them in his remarks, he has created an opportunity for some very public discussion which we must surely make the most of.  In the course of his fiery speech, he pulled these family frustrations out from the dark shadow of “women’s issues” (as in somehow unworthy of serious political man-business) and presented them as areas appropriate for public policy solutions – which is how they a...more
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Married Moms: Do You Work?

A Washington D.C. think tank is devoting some resources to find out "What's Happening to Married Mothers in the Workforce?"  It's a critically important question for a lot of reasons. While fewer women choose to marry, more than three-quarters of us are mothers by the time we're in our 40s....more
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Bye Bye Nursing Bra

My friend Shannon, mother of 3 small boys, former "Big Law" attorney, and blogger in her own right recently posted a wonderful essay about motherhood, change and the bittersweet surrender of one phase to the next.  I asked her if she'd let me put it up here for you to see, because I think it will strike such a chord.  If you'd like to see the piece in its or...more

Picture Yourself A Mother

The two best days of my life, hands down, were the days I gave birth.  There is nothing I've yet experienced that even comes close for the drama, the energy, the fun, and the sense of being in the vortex of a force so powerful.  Yes, it was painful, there were problems and complications.  There were needles, anxiety, and strong medicine and it was really, really messy - but still.  I have never felt closer to the divine, or done anything cooler, than I did on those two days....more
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Married Women: Did You Change Your Last Name? What About Your Husband?

Our cultural traditions and practices are often an awkward fit with the way we live now.  With women bringing home a sizeable portion of household income while still bearing all the children and doing most of the raising too, it's no secret that the workplace isn't user-friendly for the family caregiver, nor the adult child caring for an elderly parent. Image Credit: Jamie via Flickr...more
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"Traditional Women's Work" Is An Economic Asset

I wrote this post for my friends and colleagues at The Caring Economy Campaign, an effort to improve social well-being by valuing the carework that makes our economy possible.  You can see it at its first home here, under the title Social Wealth Economic Indicators Matter Most To Family Caregivers....more

Mixed Messages For Women in the Midterms

Now that the results are in for the 2014 midterm elections, we can see what changed for women....more

Will This Election Put More Moms in Office?

There it was, on the Time.com website, in great big black bold letters:Midterm Elections See Surge in Tough-to-Lure Candidates: Young Moms...more

Why Moms Should Vote on November 4

Will you show up at the polls on November 4 for the mid-term elections? If you are a woman, you are more likely to vote than a man. But if you are a mother, you are probably doing most of the child care and most of the housework, whether you hold down a paying job outside the home or not.  The length of your to-do list could make it harder for you to get into that voting booth....more
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