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Janet Walsh is deputy women's rights director for Human Rights Watch.

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Leaning In, and Sometimes Falling Over the Edge

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 6:15 PM

Kimberly N. "leaned in" to her career for years. As a vice president of a large charitable organization, she earned high praise and enjoyed her work. When Kimberley got pregnant, she negotiated a six-week maternity leave, and looked forward to resuming work. Things did not go according to plan. Kimberley's...

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The Breastfeeding Brouhaha

(7) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 12:39 PM

Disturbing. Fantastic. Creepy. Awesome. Sick.

These are some of the comments about the TIME magazine cover that went online this week, showing a woman breastfeeding her 3-year-old son as he stands on a chair.

Love it or hate it, people are entitled to their opinions about...

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Gay in America: Left Out of Family Leave

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 6:35 PM

Marissa R. had an emergency Cesarean section and gave birth to premature twins. Her wound got infected and burst open, resulting in emergency surgery and a long, painful recovery. Her same-sex partner wanted to take time off to support Marissa and care for their twin newborns and toddler. But her...

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Workplace Flexibility Breeds Contentment on all Sides

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 4:20 PM

Kimberley N., a senior manager of a non-profit organization, gave birth to a baby with a life-threatening illness. After years of stellar performance reviews, she received a scathing one immediately after returning from a short maternity leave. Her organization refused to let her reduce her schedule even slightly or to...

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Americans Value Moms, But Policies Don't

(147) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 9:35 PM

American moms will be getting generous gifts on Mother's Day: the National Retail Federation estimates that in 2011 the average American will spend $141 on Mother's Day gifts, with total spending of about $16.3 billion.

Moms are valuable, right? Your average consumer thinks so, but when it...

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Can A Video Save Lives?

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 12:40 PM

Around this time last year, a friend sent me a link to the hilarious "Mother of the Year Award" online video from Momsrising.org. I was on maternity leave, and laughed until I cried at the witty lines about mothering. I watched it with my two little boys --...

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Courage, and Heart, on Behalf of Kenya's Women

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 1:39 PM

Eight years ago, I walked into the Nairobi office of the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness expecting a mildly helpful discussion of my project on women's property rights in Kenya. Ann Njogu, CREAW's director, was clearly very busy and a serious lawyer. Within minutes, I knew that she was...

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The U.S. Lets Families Down

(9) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 3:24 PM

As Maria Shriver hits the airwaves this week to talk about work-life balance and her new report on women in America, I'm making my own work-life transition.

I just returned to work after nearly one year of maternity leave. That's right: one year. When I tell this to people...

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