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New York Times: Our ‘Mommy’ Problem and Mine
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New York Times: Our ‘Mommy’ Problem and Mine

Here is a response to the previous article. Peachman believes motherhood’s real effect on women is intrinsic rather than extrinsic. “Motherhood is no longer viewed as simply a relationship with your children, a role you play at home and at school, or even a hallowed institution. Motherhood has been elevated — or perhaps demoted — to the … Continue reading

New York Times: Our Real ‘Mommy’ (and ‘Daddy’) Problem: Your Children Are Your Problem
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New York Times: Our Real ‘Mommy’ (and ‘Daddy’) Problem: Your Children Are Your Problem

According to Dell’Antonia, there is a large social stigma associated with being a “mommy” who stays at home with her kids and it is unhealthy for society. If you are a woman with children, the expectation that you are first and foremost a mother (or a grandmother) doesn’t just mean that you will be constantly judged and … Continue reading

Washington Post: The Same-Sex Couples Whose Case Could Spark a Supreme Court Landmark
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Washington Post: The Same-Sex Couples Whose Case Could Spark a Supreme Court Landmark

For the first time, a same sex marriage ban was upheld at a federal appeals court. This could lead the issue of same sex marriage bans to the Supreme Court. On Thursday, a federal appeals court became the first to uphold same-sex marriage bans, breaking ranks with other courts that have recently considered similar bans. By … Continue reading

White House: Ensuring Economic Equality and Opportunity for Women and America’s Working Families
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White House: Ensuring Economic Equality and Opportunity for Women and America’s Working Families

President Obama argued for more governmental support of working women at an appearance at Rhode Island College. This is very interesting because this is how he spent the day before the election, so this shows that women work support is of political priority to his administration. Women make up nearly half of America’s workforce, and nationwide, … Continue reading

Slate: There are 100 Women in Congress for the First Time Ever
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Slate: There are 100 Women in Congress for the First Time Ever

Even though the gender breakdown for the next Congress has yet to be determined, we already have reason to celebrate. Democrat Alma Adams of North Carolina won a special election for representative of the 12th Congressional District. Adams will be seated shortly, not having to wait until January, making her the 100th woman currently sitting in … Continue reading

Huffington Post: The Secret Work-Family Issue Nobody’s Talking About
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Huffington Post: The Secret Work-Family Issue Nobody’s Talking About

There has been a lot of talk recently about the relationship between work and caring for one’s children. Yet, there has not been as much talk about the relationship between work and caring for one’s parents. The author argues that the same flex options that are being suggested to be given to working parents should also be … Continue reading

NYTimes: Woman in Iran Sent to Prison After Going to Sports Event
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NYTimes: Woman in Iran Sent to Prison After Going to Sports Event

Ghoncheh Ghavami, an Iranian-British woman who attended a protest in front of a stadium in Iran, has recently been sentenced to a year in prison. Human rights organisations have called for he release, as have British officials. “It’s an outrage that a young woman is being locked up simply for peacefully having her say about how … Continue reading

Washington Post: Study: Women with more children are more productive at work
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Washington Post: Study: Women with more children are more productive at work

A study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis concluded that women with kids were more productive at work than women without kids. However, according to the Washington Post, this was a very narrow study conducted only among women  with “privileged circumstances.” A word of encouragement for my working moms: You are actually more productive … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Five Ways Tech Companies Can Be More Family Friendly
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Huffington Post: Five Ways Tech Companies Can Be More Family Friendly

Recently, there have been a lot of news articles arguing whether flexibility for working fathers and mothers and other “family friendly” laws improve everyone’s well being. Kelli Newman of the Huffington Post offers her view on this subject. Here are the five ways she suggests tech companies can improve: 1. Provide (Good) Paid Parental Leave The United States is the … Continue reading

Slate Magazine: Don’t Let Anyone Blame Single Mothers for Economic Inequality
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Slate Magazine: Don’t Let Anyone Blame Single Mothers for Economic Inequality

Many people today believe decreased economic mobility is caused by the growth of single mothers. Jordan Weissman counters this notion: Social scientists can debate whether marriage actually turns men into more responsible, ambitious, and higher-earning individuals (as some have argued), or whether responsible, ambitious, and potentially higher-earning men are just more likely to get married. But … Continue reading

The Guardian: A ‘Lost Decade’ for Spain’s Children
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The Guardian: A ‘Lost Decade’ for Spain’s Children

A recent Unicef study has shown that one in every three children in Spain live in poverty. PorCausa, a Spanish foundation that combines social research, data analysis and investigative journalism has published a report which examines the issue which highlights further today’s Unicef study. According to PorCausa, more than 2.7m Spanish children – one in three … Continue reading

Time: The Parent Trap: Are Flexible Work Policies Hurting Moms And Dads?
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Time: The Parent Trap: Are Flexible Work Policies Hurting Moms And Dads?

Nanette Fondas brings up an interesting rebuttal to the train of the thought that flexible work policies are beneficial. She believes that flexible work policies can be detrimental to both working moms and dads as it can keep them from progressing as far in their careers. But the flexibility pendulum can swing too far. The … Continue reading

Bloomberg Business week: Child Labor Is Still Prevalent Around the World. Here’s How to Eliminate It
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Bloomberg Business week: Child Labor Is Still Prevalent Around the World. Here’s How to Eliminate It

This article depicts that passing laws banning child labor may not be the most effective way to combat child labor. They state that providing incentives to send children to school is more effective. The complex economics of family finances show why simply passing laws against child labor can backfire. The impact of India’s 1986 landmark legislation … Continue reading