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Jennifer Owens
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As Editorial Director, Jennifer leads the editorial mission of the Working Mother brand through its many print, online, social and digital channels, reaching more than 2 million readers nationwide. For the Working Mother Research Institute, Jennifer oversees the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, Best Companies for Multicultural Women, and Best Companies for Hourly Workers, as well as the National Association of Female Executives Top 50 Companies and NAFE/Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women. She also manages the Diversity Best Practices Assessment and Benchmarking Tool. Jennifer is married with two children, Gwendolyn and Owen.

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Hot Flash! New Survey Reveals Menopausal Women Are More Open About Symptoms at Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 2:46 PM

Hot flash! Women suffer from menopause at work!

You'd think something experienced by nearly 20 percent of the American workforce (or nearly 27 million people) wouldn't be such be such a taboo topic for us and yet for decades, most women opted to suffer from in silence.

No more....

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Are Millennial Moms Happier Than You?

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Hey, GenX-er, remember when we were the Slacker Generation -- and how annoying it was? Today, we're more like the Triage Generation, juggling everything thrown our way by our kids, our careers, the economy and whatever else you think of.

These days I'd love to do a little slacking.

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5 Tips for Thriving As a Breadwinning Mom

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 10:31 AM

When Pew Research revealed last year that 40 percent of all households with children are led by moms who are either the sole or primary earner for the family, I wasn't all that surprised. After all, as Pew notes, two-thirds of these breadwinning moms are single working moms.

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4 Types of Bias Women Still Face at Work, 60 Companies Are Doing Something About It

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 1:29 PM

I always think of myself as about 25 years old, and yet my upcoming college reunion reminds me that I've actually been in my career for that long.

In this time, I've always been aware of egregious discrimination against women, but only recently, as my own influence has grown,...

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What Happened When I Didn't Have Paid Family Leave

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 4:03 PM

I ran smack into the paid family leave debate long before I had kids. I was working as a newspaper reporter in South Carolina, far from my Midwestern hometown, but still glad to have snagged a job in my shrinking industry during a (previous) recession.

That's when my mom...

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6 Ways to Give Back the Most This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:13 PM

We all know that to give is to receive so much more in return, but did you know that more than a third of us working moms are considered active volunteers? I was once a member of those ranks, doing park cleanups, hiding Easter eggs, working bake sales....

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Don't Let Work Flex Fade Away -- Fight For It!

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 3:58 PM

If you have a flexible job, you already know its power to make your full day work, from morning drop off to the late-night conference call. (I'd share my calendar from today, but I don't think you'd believe it!)

If you don't have flex, then you certainly know the stress...

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What's Best for Babies? Moms Who Get Great Benefits

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 3:55 PM

Who knew I was so trendy? I had my babies in my 30s because that's when I finally had all the pieces together to complete my own family puzzle. Now I know that I wasn't alone: the birth rate among women in their 30s and early 40s is rising, while...

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Opting-Out of Work for Moms Makes Little Sense; Find a Way to Stay In

(10) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 4:30 PM

Ten years ago, as a reporter and soon-to-be working mother, I read with extreme personal interest the spate of stories revealing the new "opt-out revolution" among well-educated and well-off new moms who had chosen to stay home with their babies.

I had a partner, a career and...

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Back-to-School Shopping Survey Reveals 69% of Moms Plan To Shop At Stores, Not Me!

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 3:19 PM

What's my number one goal for back to school this year? Not to waste money. Next weekend, you'll find me running through all the kids' clothes to see what still fits, what needs replacing, what needs repairing and whatnot. Honestly, I'd rather buy one cute thing for the kids --...

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What I Want for (Working) Mother's Day

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 4:24 PM

It's that time of year again -- time for handmade cards and way-too-early-in-the-morning kisses from the kids and a spa gift card from the husband. (I've been looking forward to my annual Mother's Day massage for more than a month now.) These are just the gifts I want as a...

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More Parental Leave at Yahoo Is Great for New Parents, But What About Exisiting Ones?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 5:39 PM

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, the focal point for so many of our stresses as working parents this year, has upped her company's paid parental leave offerings. That's great news for new moms- and dads-to-be at her company.

Indeed, during an interview on "Good Morning America," More editor-in-chief...

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Pro-Working Mother Digital Companies Are Shaking Their Heads

(2) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Fresh food! Free smartphones! Foosball!

These are just a few of the perks that come with working for a high-profile tech company, companies that revel in the sense that they have somehow cracked the code on creating creative work spaces designed to inspire innovation.

But human resource management takes...

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Marissa Mayer's No-Flex Policy Old School for Young Mom CEO

(10) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 10:14 AM

How disappointing.

Working moms of all stripes were excited last summer when Yahoo! named Marissa Mayer CEO, even as her maternity leave loomed just a few months away. Yes, she soon concerned us fellow working parents when she immediately committed publicly to a two-week maternity leave. But I still...

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Just Relax, NoFlex Boss: Flex Is a Boost Not Bust for Your Workplace

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 1:21 PM

Dear NoFlex Boss,

It's come to my attention that you're not a fan of flexible work. From flex-time to work-from-home, it's just not working for you. And I won't even get you started on compressed workweeks or long-term career flexibility. I know you suspect these options are designed solely for...

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Give Yourself a Promotion: Why Moms Are the New Family CEO

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 5:25 PM

I have to admit that when we received the results of our new Working Mother survey of 800 moms on money management, I was only mildly surprised to see that 59 percent consider themselves the chief financial officer for their families, while 30 percent handle the family finances...

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October Is National Work and Family Month

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 5:33 PM

Workplace flexibility.

Health and wellness programs.

Paid and unpaid time off.

Do you have access to these policies at work? Too few working moms (and dads) do.

At Working Mother, such policies are near and dear to our hearts year-round, but we pay special homage in October...

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Memo To Marissa: 7 Work-Life Tips for Easing into Motherhood

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 2:01 PM

To: Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! CEO

From: The editors of Working Mother

Re: How to Thrive as a New Working Mom

Baby boy Bogue has arrived! Congrats! Along with our heartiest congratulations on the birth of your son, the editors of Working Mother have crafted this cheat sheet of...

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Meet the Top 10 Companies for Health and Wellness

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 2:39 PM

As I was getting my kids out to school this morning with their lunches packed, I began to exercise the idea of how I might fit exercise into my daily life. I'm not having much luck -- yet. But I am working on it.

Given this, I can't help but...

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5 Lessons Our Kids Don't Learn in School For Success in Life

(130) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 6:38 PM

Back-to-school season is about to kick in, and parents everywhere will be breathing a collective sigh of relief as their kids return to a more structured learning and activity-filled environment. Reading, writing, rhythm and rules -- my kids are already itching to get back to school to meet their amazing...

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