Can Americans Care for Their Families Without Losing Their Jobs?
By Gloria Pan on January 18, 2010
We work long hours. We work multiple jobs. We can barely afford healthcare, or we’re doing without. We’re stitching together childcare, or we’re sending our kids to school with H1N1.
We exert ourselves to be good spouses, sons and daughters, parents, members of our community, friends - in snatched moments from being good but insecure employees.
And while we may talk amongst ourselves about hard it is to manage it all, perhaps we feel that this is just life and try to muddle through as best we can, on our own…
…leaving the professional media to define the outlines of America’s work/life story, which has not evolved significantly beyond the 1950’s idea of employee benefits, dad at the office and mom at home — a story that has little to do with our lives today.
Fem2.0’s campaign, Wake Up, This Is the Reality!, aims to change the way our society talks about work, to shift the story away from privileged "balance" and corporate perspectives to one that reflects the reality on the ground for millions of Americans and American families. We need this shift if we want policy makers to know how tough it is out here and move them to act on legislation around such issues as paid sick days, healthcare, child and elder care, equal pay, etc.
There are two parts to the campaign:
Work/Life in Our Communities Blog Radio Series: January 25-February 5, 2010
Blog Carnival: February 6-13, 2010
For the blog radio series, we'll present one program a day, each zooming in on how today’s work environment and policies are impacting a particular community, including single women, men, businesses, and Latino, African-American, LGBT and military families.
BlogHer's Elisa Camahort Page will help us kick it off the series by interviewing Joan Williams and Heather Boushey about their new report, The Three Faces of Work/Family Conflict, which looks at the impact of work policies on American workers and families at different income levels, revealing the all-too-common, gut-wrenching choices Americans face between being able to care for loved ones and being able to pay the bills.
Please join the online chat and twittercasts that will happen in tandem with each segment.
Program and campaign details are here: http://www.fem2pt0.com/2010-wake-up-campaign/
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