Satya Nadella : A Lesson in Privilege

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO was at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Arizona, and asked by Maria Klawe (Harvey Mudd College President and Microsoft board member) what women should do if they feel uncomfortable asking for a raise....more

Isla Vista: the discussion we should be having.

By now you’ve probably heard of Elliot Rodger, the 22 year old man who killed six people (two of them were women) and injured seven others (one of those, confirmed as a woman) in Santa Barbara as part of his quest to get revenge on women who rejected him sexually. I haven’t been able to read many of the stories. I haven’t wanted to see what the media is saying on television ....more

Summertime Stay-at-Home Mom: I'm Not Built for this 12 Months a Year

One of the absolute wonderful and terrifying things about being a teacher is that each summer I get the joy of becoming a Stay at Home Mama. Being a stay at home mama is the most difficult job and I have an infinite amount of respect for those of you who do it (and the ultimate respect for my mom who did it for us). And, I pray that people don't take this the wrong way, but I was not built for it 12 months a year. ...more
Being a stay at home mom is way harder year round. You get less respect than those doing it ...more

Working Moms Didn't Ruin Education

[Editor's Note: On Tuesday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant commented that America's schools became mediocre when mothers started entering the workforce. As you can imagine, a lot of women don't agree. Michelle at Balancing Jane is one of those women who disagrees with Bryant -- and she's also a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric. Here's a little of what Michelle says. --Grace]...more
AMEN! Thank you for a well researched and thought out look at the subject. We should be ...more

Michelle Obama Gets Heckled -- That Doesn't Make Her an "Angry Black Woman"

[Editor's Note: First Lady Michelle Obama was interrupted by a protester for LGBT rights at a private fundraiser Tuesday night, and according to the Huffington Post, she stopped her speech and told the heckler to stop or she would leave. Michelle Obama and #FLOTUS were trending on Twitter, with reactions divided between applause and criticism....more
I am happy Michelle said what she said, and I would have taken it a step further and announced ...more

Why the Working Families Flexibility Act Won't Work

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the Working Families Flexibilities Act, a bill supported heavily by Republicans, who claim the act will help employees -- particularly working mothers -- find better work-life balance. But not everyone agrees....more
It is only a good idea if YOU get to choose how you take the time and a half, and only if you ...more

Hillary Clinton in 2016? Poll Shows Voters Ready for a Woman

[Editor's Note: Will she or won't she? While we may be still guessing if HIllary Clinton has decided make a run for the White House in 2016, it seems that voters have made up their minds. A new poll shows that the overwhelming majority of people in battleground states would consider a woman president. EMILY's List, which released this poll, has already started a campaign called Madam President, with the goal of helping elect a woman to the presidency....more

My Take on Elizabeth Wurtzel and Lipstick Feminism

Elizabeth Wurtzel has a recent piece in The Atlantic that is causing a fuss among women. Briefly, it deals with the volatile subject of beauty and aging, but also makes some eyebrow-lifting statements about feminism. Lauren McKenna at the blog Apt. 11D has some smart observations about the debate.--Mona ...more
Hmmm... we find what works for us in various places. There is a discussion to be had on ...more

Why Do Women Like to Talk about their Flaws?

When you get together with other women, do you invariably fall into the trap of bemoaning some physical thing you dislike about yourself? Like your muffin top or your droopy butt or the bags under your eyes? Or how you can't believe you're getting so old? (You just turned 40.) As much as I try not to, I know I do. There are many reasons we lapse into this self-negating talk, but Ashley writing at Nourishing the Soul made me think of one I hadn't considered before: our need to connect.--Mona ...more
Have you seen the 'real beauty sketch' commercials from Dove soap? Fascinating stuff : one ...more

New Middle East Needs Fusion of Islam and Feminism

The changing face of the Middle East involves politics, feminism and religion. And the role of women who continue to push for their rights is an interesting balance of political activism and religious expression. Author Isobel Coleman shares an excerpt from her new book Paradise Beneath Her Feet at Women's e-News:...more