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.
[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
[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
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
[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
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
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
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
One thing I've learned that kids do quite well is make parents scratch their heads, think outside of the box and seek answers that they might not have known needed seeking. Wendy Thomas Russell had a conversation that made her delve deeper into the whys and wherefores of God's gender. While for some parents and kids, it may be a non-issue, it was an issue for her daughter. How would you respond?