Past Not Past for Women

The long holiday weekend gave me a chance to take my daughter to see "Suffragette", a new movie about the long and sometimes violent campaign waged by English women  for the right to vote.  With Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham-Carter, it is the only feature film released to date about the people and events, now mostly forgotten, in the long fight for women's equality in the United Kingdom....more

11 Ways Gender Still Matters

So there I was, shootin' the breeze in the backyard at the neighbors',  going on at length about feminism and mothers and politics, y' know, really warming up to my topic, when one guy in the group said..."Gender isn't as important as you think."...more
Gender also continues to be important in what is "acceptable" to say. It is borderline terrible ...more

Grandma's in the Race

 What was new in this week's debate was that Hillary Clinton referred to herself as a grandmother.  Never in the history of US Presidential debates has a candidate been able to self-identify in those terms.  What wasn't new was the chest-thumping pre-occupation with war, guns and money....more

Flexible Work is for Everyone and the Next Big Thing

WorldatWork convened a briefing at Washington DC's National Press Club on how workplaces are implementing flexible work arrangements and the consequences of doing so.  It's a big issue and it is going to get a whole lot bigger.  Mothers and other family caregivers could find their lives transformed by this trend, which breaks down the rigid culture of workplaces past that has forced us into a showdown between career and care....more

Family Care and Work Culture: It Really Doesn't Fit

Care is cropping up more and more often in print media.  It's a conversation long overdue, as it bears on each and every one of us (albeit in different ways!!)  at every stage of life.  When we get the care we need, we become fully functional adults, effective citizens, valued community members and caregivers in our own turn.  When we don't - human suffering increases, our intrinsic talents are squandered, the economy lags, and the nation is at risk....more
I think this acknowledgement for care includes better parental leave benefits too!more

Is Paid Labor The Only Kind That Counts?

 "Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."  US Department of Labor...more

Moms Better Served by Law or Lottery?