Valerie Young

I'm a public policy analyst in Washington DC promoting mothers' economic... read more

10 Insanely Easy Ways to Celebrate International Women's Day

International Women's Day is coming up on March 8, and I wish the United States made a bigger deal about it. (As Rene Lynch noted a couple years ago in the L.A. Times: "World Celebrates; We Get Google Doodle." Fortunately, working at BlogHer makes one a pro at celebrating women in a hurry. Here's a list so that no matter how busy you are, you can make sure March 8, 2014 does not go unmarked. ...more
Awesome post! Working on one for Sadie's Gathering as I stop over and jot this down. Please stop ...more

Must-Read Feminist Blogs for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and we're sharing some bloggers who do the hard work year-round of keeping track of what's going on for women in the United States and around the world. Take a look at these sites and let us know about your favorite blogs for reading about women's history and issues. ...more
I'm so honored to be included!  Hope you'll visit me and introduce yourselves!!  ...more

Must-Read Feminist Blogs for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and we're sharing some bloggers who do the hard work year-round of keeping track of what's going on for women in the United States and around the world. Take a look at these sites and let us know about your favorite blogs for reading about women's history and issues. ...more
I'm so honored to be included!  Hope you'll visit me and introduce yourselves!!  ...more

You Won't Believe How the US Ranks in Gender Equality

Ladies, we are in serious trouble here....more
#23?! This simply is not good enough for me.  What will it take?  Always befuddles me that posts ...more

You Won't Believe How the US Ranks in Gender Equality

Ladies, we are in serious trouble here....more
#23?! This simply is not good enough for me.  What will it take?  Always befuddles me that posts ...more

You Won't Believe How the US Ranks in Gender Equality

Ladies, we are in serious trouble here....more
#23?! This simply is not good enough for me.  What will it take?  Always befuddles me that posts ...more

You Won't Believe How the US Ranks in Gender Equality

Ladies, we are in serious trouble here....more
#23?! This simply is not good enough for me.  What will it take?  Always befuddles me that posts ...more

The Perils of Working While Pregnant

Peggy Young (no relation) had been a UPS employee for about a decade when she got pregnant. Like most of us, she assumed there'd be no problem at work. Her pregnancy was in no way unusual. Everybody knew you couldn't discriminate against pregnant workers. We had the protection of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which had been the law in the US for 35 years. It was the 21st century, for crying out loud. Surely we'd evolved. Right?...more
Same page, shorter link to send message to your Member of Congress asking him/her to support the ...more

I See Sexism

Sometimes I think I'm going crazy, only I know I'm not, because other women tell me they notice the same thing. It's complicated, and it's hard to keep it in focus sometimes, but it really is there. I don't see dead people, I don't hear voices -- I just see gender distinctions being made where other people see ... nothing out of the ordinary. Business as usual. The same ol' same ol'. Has this ever happened to you? ...more
I notice sexism all the time, and I make a point of sharing the "little" things to help others ...more

Why Women Are More Likely To Be Poor

I spend more time than I'd like talking policy with people who will never in a million years agree with me.  I suppose that's an occupational hazard in my line of work.  Sticking up for a position is no way to avoid conflict, but I've learned to live with disagreement, listen to contrary opinions, say my piece and go  my own way. I believe most of us already have our minds made up, not on the basis of accurate data, or solid research and analysis, but something more personal.  We see our surroundings through a swirl of impressions, observations, our indivi...more
Thank you. I'm 56, I have two years of college in human services and business.  I used to be ...more