Gloria Pan

I am currently consumed by making sure our air stays clean - for the sake of all kids, but especially my daughter, who suffered from severe asthma. It's my privilege to be working on this important issue as a member of the MomsRising campaign team.

I was vice president of Internet communications at Turner Strategies, a public policy communications firm located in Washington, DC. In that position, I conceived and worked with an amazing team of women to organize the 2008 Fem2.0 conference. Previously, I directed communications at The Media Center where, through the strategic use of Internet marketing and outreach, I helped transform a small, newspaper-industry-specific enterprise into an influential, widely recognized media thought leader. I was editor of The Media Center's morph blog and a driving force in its annual We Media conference, a must-attend event for the media vanguard. Before that, I managed communications for the American Press Institute. From 1991 to 2000, I lived in Tokyo, Japan. After completing a masters program in development economics at Sophia University, I became international editor and writer for The Nippon Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in Japan.

Don't Let the NRA Choose Our U.S. Surgeon General

I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard about the Surgeon General controversy on the news. Emboldened by its influence on Capitol Hill, the NRA is now flexing its muscles and actively working to derail Dr....more
We will never block the NRA. They are too powerful. And they have too much money. BUT I THINK ...more

Have We Forgotten About Newtown?

Just three short months after the tragic shooting deaths of 20 first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School… Just weeks after a Chicago infant was killed in cross fire… And just days after President Obama made an impassioned pleato the American people to “remember how we felt 100 days ago, and make sure that what we said at that time wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it”… I woke up to this front-page Washington Post headline:“Gun measures may be in jeopardy in Congress – Post-Newtown push falters.” (Online headline)What?! When I look at my kids and think about those first graders, I definitely haven’t forgotten Sandy Hook, and I definitely haven’t faltered.Have you?...more

Make an Impact & Get Free Stuff: Speak Out for Clean Air and Environmental Justice!

MomsRising is excited to offer everyone who submits a post to the Clean Air and Environmental Justice Blog Carnival the following thank you gifts: ...more

Polluted air can stunt children’s lungs

Hey, it’s summer! That means we can rip electronics out of our kids’ hands and tell them to “go out and play!” But tragically, many of us will need to think twice about booting them outdoors because of air pollution....more

My Daughter Cole and 7 Millions Kids

Please join your voice to mine so my daughter Cole and all our kids can have clean air to breathe and thrive. Stand up and say you support clean air for kids, by signing MomsRising's petition here....more

Getting Ready for BlogHer'11: BlogTalk Radio Discussion About Moms Defending Our Kids Through Social Media

Please join the Moms Clean Air Force for this pre-BlogHer'11 BlogRadio discussion and chat about mom power and how we need to use it to defend clean air for the sake of our kids' health.This online event is our variation of the BlogHer'11 session, Change the World – Malcolm Gladwell is Missing the Point: Revolutions are Happening Online, to be moderated by Cheryl Contee.We are thrilled that Cheryl is moderating our discussion as well!...more

Can Americans Care for Their Families Without Losing Their Jobs?

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…  ...more

Work/Life Balance? Time to Lighten the Caregiving Load

This post was written for the Fem2.0 blog carnival on women and caregiving. ...more

Invitation to Fem2.0 Blog Carnival: For Women, the Other Side of Work Is NOT Play… It’s Caregiving

Women take care of children, spouses, parents, family members, friends. We dominate the caregiving professions, like nursing or social work. Ask anyone receiving care of any kind and he or she will most likely tell you that the primary caregiver is a woman.   Caregiving is a job for which women usually don’t get or expect monetary compensation. It is a critical aspect of work/life and healthcare issues. How can caregiving be made easier to make our lives easier? ...more

Special Fem2.0 Invitation to Blog Carnival: Bloggers Don't "Work"

Though the public may no longer see bloggers as slackers schlepping around at home in pajamas, can blogging — or any activity outside the 1950’s model of "9 to 5" jobs with benefits — be considered gainful employment?  Over the next few days, Fem2.0 is working with MomsRising to start a fresh conversation about what should be considered "work" in the 21st Century economy, especially pertinent for women designing their own work patterns to accommodate their families. What is work? What kind of work has value?  ...more