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25 02, 2013

Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer: “Lean In” and Get Your Butt to the Office!

By | February 25th, 2013|Changing the World, Economy, Feminism, Women Online|15 Comments

Lean in! Take charge! No fear! Out with flex-time! In with face time! These are the messages two of the highest profile working mothers in America are sending to the rest of us. If  Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, and Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!'s Chief Executive Officer, have their way, women in the workplace will [...]

17 10, 2012

Binders Full of Women: More Than a Meme

By | October 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized, Women in Politics|4 Comments

The blogosphere loves a good meme. Who doesn't like a little Ryan "Hey Girl" Gosling (especially that feminist Ryan Gosling!) or some bad-ass Texts from Hillary. They're good fun with a grain a truth -- women's collective love for both the hunky actor and the Secretary of State many of us want to run for [...]

28 08, 2012

Delegate Moms: Where’s the Child Care?

By | August 28th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Mothers and Daughters, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

  As increasing numbers of women who have young children become involved in the political process, the issue of child care gets more attention. That's good as far as it goes. But with the GOP Convention going on in Tampa and the Democrats getting ready to nominate Barack Obama for a second term, I've been [...]

25 06, 2012

Working Mother Smackdown? Moving This “Debate” Where It Needs to Go

By | June 25th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|4 Comments

Anne-Marie Slaughter meet Sheryl Sandberg. No, that's not them in the photo, but the latest working mom discussion makes me wonder how long it's going to be until we're all at each other like these two lades. Not so long ago, Facebook exec Sandberg announced to all working mothers in America than if she can [...]

24 06, 2012

Women “Having it All?”: Our Culture of Exhaustion

By | June 24th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|8 Comments

We haven't had a guest "mother of intention" for a while, but my wonderful friend Carol Schiller was sharing some amazing thoughts about the recent "debate" about whether women can have it all.  So I persuaded her to share her thoughts with us, and she's probably going to be sorry, because after this, I'm going [...]

19 06, 2012

Stay-at-Home Moms Caused the War on Women?

By | June 19th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Politics|0 Comments

  Excuse me, moms. Have you ever stepped off your work or career path to be a full-time stay-at-home parent? If so then you, like me, are to blame for the impending demise of feminism. At least that's what one so-called social critic is trying to get everyone to believe. Just when you [...]

16 04, 2012

Democratic Women Don’t Hate Moms & Valuing Women’s Work

By | April 16th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized, Women in Politics|5 Comments

It was a super big week for me last week thank to Hilary Rosen and her one crazy comment about Ann Romney and motherhood. After her slip of the tongue about whether Ann Romney had every been a working mom, all media outlets were looking for commentary. I was lucky enough to chat with the [...]

12 04, 2012

More Political Mommy Wars? Here We Go Again!

By | April 12th, 2012|2012 election, Economy, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life. Ouch. I'm counting the seconds until CNN commentator Hilary Rosen, who also is a DNC adviser, gets the boot from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Not that I think Rosen should go, but that lone comment will be an ongoing distraction for weeks [...]

9 01, 2012

Dear Anderson Cooper, I’m Not Lazy. I’m Just Efficient

By | January 9th, 2012|Making Our Political Voices Heard|9 Comments

I'm a long time fan of Anderson Cooper's journalism on CNN. And, truth be told, I'm also fond of that tight black T-shirt of his! But I digress. As much as I enjoy some of the perspectives he presents on his CNN show, I'm stunned that this newsman-turned-daytime-host is dragging us back to [...]

29 09, 2011

What if We Were Really Honest?

By | September 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|1 Comment

What would the never-ending debate about what it's like to be a stay-at-home mom vs. a work-at-home mom vs. a work in an office mom look like if we all talked honestly about our experiences?  No worn-out cliches about pretending we love everything about whatever choice we've made?  No acting like our lives are perfect [...]

28 04, 2011

Mothers of Intention — Why Perfectionist Parenting is Anything But Perfect

By | April 28th, 2011|Equal Pay, Feminism, Mothers of Intention|4 Comments

Welcome the latest installment Mothers of Intention!  Pleas welcome Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple, the authors of the new book, Good Enough Is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood.  While I haven't had a chance to dig into this book yet, I'm looking forward to it because I've been [...]

3 06, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Variety Pack!

By | June 3rd, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mothers of Intention, Republicans|0 Comments

Here's a little light reading from the Mothers of Intention file to get you through the week! Darryle Pollack weighs in eloquently on a topic I've been thinking about, but for which I haven't been able to put my thoughts together -- the separation of Al and Tipper Gore. Julie Marsh wonders why the GOP [...]

12 05, 2010

The Supreme Court Could Still Use a Mom

By | May 12th, 2010|Changing the World, Equal Pay|4 Comments

I'm pretty happy that President Obama has nominated another woman to the Supreme Court -- three out of nine still isn't the ratio I'd like to see of women to men, but it's a great step in the right direction. Last year, when Sonia Sotomayor was nominated to the highest court in the land, I [...]

11 12, 2009

Work/Life "Balance"– Changing the Conversation

By | December 11th, 2009|Changing the World, Economy|16 Comments

Recently, I had the pleasure of moderating an online chat with the fabulous women who created the Fem 2.0 Conference and a variety of bloggers about how we can change the conversation about families and their work/life obligations. Doesn't it feel like we all talk in circles sometimes on this?  We need balance, whatever that [...]

15 05, 2009

Are Michelle Obama and Corporations on the Same Page for Working Families?

By | May 15th, 2009|Moms & Politics|8 Comments

We don't need any more studies, discussions or navel-gazing about whether things need to change for working parents, especially working moms, when it comes to sick leave, flex-time or child care. Parents are struggling to manage family obligations and keep their employers happy. But corporate America still seems to think that whether and how to [...]

25 09, 2008

Sarah Palin Says 'Thanks, but No Thanks' to America's Moms

By | September 25th, 2008|Moms & Politics|10 Comments

Sarah Palin likes to say, "Thanks, but no thanks," a lot. Through her Washington, D.C. office (yes, believe it or not, the Alaska Governor has an office in Washington!), she did it again yesterdayMomsRising, a bi-partisan group, has been collecting thousands upon thousands of signatures on a letter to GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin, to [...]

16 09, 2008

An Open Letter to Sarah Palin About Working Mothers

By | September 16th, 2008|Republicans|19 Comments

Dear Sarah,I hope you don't mind me calling you Sarah. I feel like we know each other so well, what with all the media coverage you've been getting in the last couple of weeks.I know you're really proud of the working motherhood arrangement you've crafted for yourself. But since the GOP has been holding you [...]

22 07, 2008

Opted, Pushed or Just Plain Fired?

By | July 22nd, 2008|Uncategorized|3 Comments

I thought my brain would be re-energized and refreshed by a few days with lots of women and a hotel room to myself.This morning, I find myself continually trying to reboot my brain. A few days away also brings with it mountains of things to catch up on, so I will let the New York [...]

25 09, 2007

Who's Really Looking Out for Working Mothers?

By | September 25th, 2007|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Working Mother magazine has just released this year's 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.I've always had questions about how this list is put together and was planning on writing about it, but I think Devra at Parentopia sums it up quite nicely, so I'm just going to do this:"What she said!"Thanks, Devra!

6 08, 2007

Do Caretakers Receive Disparate Treatment?

By | August 6th, 2007|Uncategorized|21 Comments

Hello, folks, I'm Lawyer Mama, pinch hitting for Pundit Mom today.Last weekend at BlogHer, I had the privilege of meeting PM and at breakfast one morning we had a fascinating discussion about the law, law firms, and balancing work and motherhood. (As you may know, PM is a recovering attorney, having wisely abandoned the law [...]

12 07, 2007

Missing the Point

By | July 12th, 2007|Moms & Politics|16 Comments

I hate it when the Washington Post misses the point.One of today's front-page headlines is, "Part-Time Looks Fine to Working Mothers."Claiming that working mothers think that being in the office fewer hours a week is a better option, I think this poll fails to look at the real elephant in the room -- the failure [...]