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Jennifer Owens
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.

Entries by Jennifer Owens

A Fresh Approach to Supporting Working Parents -- It's About More Than Paid Leave

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 4:52 PM

The Working Parent Support Coalition, announced this week at the 11th annual Clinton Global Initiative, brings with it an intriguingly fresh approach to the ongoing fight for better workplace support for working families.

Led by Danone and the Clinton Global Initiative, coalition members--KKR, Nestlé and 2015...

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Are Employers Family Friendly After 30 Years of Best Companies?

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 5:58 PM

Thirty years ago, Working Mother set out on a bold mission: to demand that companies not only offer family-friendly benefits, but also compete to be the best at it. We recruited as many companies as we could to participate, asking them to reveal how many women worked there...

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Women for Women: Why We Need to Lean in to Each Other

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 12:44 PM

"You don't have to sell the brownies so hard. They sell themselves."

So said the eighth-grade mom to me as we worked concessions together before our children's band concert. She was a font of been-there advice for me, a first-timer for all things middle school.

While I certainly appreciated learning...

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The Secret to a Strong Bottom Line: Lessons from the Best Companies for Multicultural Women

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 12:20 PM

I've got a secret--a secret to a strong bottom line.

The secret is one that 25 Best Companies for Multicultural Women know: That the key growing their business is diversity. That's why women of color make up 21 percent of the 2.5 million employees represented by this year's...

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Can You Win the Chore Wars at Home?

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 11:16 AM

Man may work from sun to sun, but woman's work is never done.

According to a new study by the Working Mother Research Institute, these old words still hold true for most of us working moms.

In "Chore Wars: The Working Mother Report," WMRI surveyed...

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What Are We Feeding Our Families?

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 5:58 PM

When it comes to putting food on the table -- on a weeknight, no less -- the brunt of the burden still falls most heavily on moms. And when mom also has a full-time job, well, the time available to make a healthy dinner happen for everyone is tight, to...

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What's the One Thing Employers Can Do Today to Support Women with MS?

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 12:36 PM

When Janelle Camacho was 9, her working mom went blind at work one day. Her mom's multiple sclerosis diagnosis changed every aspect of the family's life. Racked by seizures, she could no longer work, money was tight and Janelle and her brother spent lots of time with relatives while their...

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Will Working Parents Finally Get The Paid Leave They Deserve?

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 1:07 PM

Support for national paid leave and paid sick time received a big boost this week from President Obama, but the question remains: Will the momentum keep going?

This week, President Obama called on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to...

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What Men Really Want

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:07 PM

When I was younger, dating and generally trying to figure out men, Cosmo's headlines were always the most eye-catching: What men won't tell you... Real-life advice from an actual guy... What do men really want?

Little did I know 20 years later that I'd find the answer at Working Mother....

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Do You Know Your Breast Density?

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 12:53 PM

My mom has had breast cancer twice. She can tell you all about her diagnosis, surgeries, treatments, subsequent screenings and the anxiety they bring.

What she can't tell you is her breast density.

Like many women, even my mom has incomplete information about her breast health. And until I...

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Why Should You Care About Working Mother's 100 Best Companies?

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 3:05 PM

On September 16, Working Mother revealed its 29th list of Best Companies, 100 employers that are leading the way to create workplaces that support working families. Twenty-nine years is a long time for any initiative -- and anything that has been around that long should be recognized.

But let's...

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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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