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Kristin Maschka
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Kristin Maschka is the author of This is Not How I Thought It Would Be: Remodeling Motherhood to Get the Lives We Want Today. She spent four years as the President of Mothers & More, a national non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of mothers. She is an expert on mothers and the social, economic, and cultural forces that impact their lives. She has authored related articles and commentary for publications such as USA Today Magazine, Womens eNews and the Huffington Post. Print and radio media regularly call on her expertise; USA Today, Money, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Marketplace, BBC London, and the nationally syndicated radio show Parents Journal.

Kristin brings a non-judgmental, accessible, and well-informed perspective to the challenges mothers face – she draws on her experiences as both an employed mother and as a mother whose primary work is caring for family, as both a non-earner and as the primary earner for her family. She holds two degrees from the University of Chicago and in both her personal and professional career she has been an agent of change, helping individuals and organizations to see themselves and the world around them in new ways and make the changes to turn their vision into reality. Currently, Kristin is the Director of Business to School Connections for the Pasadena Educational Foundation. She lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband and daughter.

Entries by Kristin Maschka

6 Tools For Sharing Chores and Childcare With Your Partner

(3) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Both men and women rank sharing household chores as the third most important ingredient in our recipe for a successful marriage, right behind faithfulness and good sex. Yet the latest data tells us that in dual-earner couples, mom is still doing more housework and more childcare than dad...

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How to Use Your Next Conference to Go from Twitter Newbie to Twitter Networker

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 5:16 PM

Sure, you have been meaning to start using Twitter but just haven't gotten around to it. Maybe your kids are using it, maybe your company is using it, but you have not had the time and are not sure you see any real value. If you are attending a conference...

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4 Things Sheryl Sandberg Gets Right (and Wrong) in Lean In

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 1:04 PM

I refused to be one of those people who criticized -- or even commented too much -- on Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, until I'd read it. Since my week included client crises, a non-profit board meeting, tap and drum...

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The Advice Women Need to Stop Heeding

(8) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 5:08 PM

I am so fed up with advice from people telling women that if they just make the right personal choices at the right time in the right order, then they will have no problem fitting career, marriage and kids into their lives.

That's a load of crap. If anyone could...

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You Can Do What Mayer and Slaughter Do

(6) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 3:30 PM

What's stunning about the reaction to Anne-Marie Slaughter's article "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" and the news that new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is pregnant is the size and scope of the reaction itself.

And I can explain that reaction with a screen shot:

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'Can I Have it All?' Is the Wrong Question

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 2:20 PM

When I speak to groups of young women and men, I've found that more and more frequently, the question I get isn't "Can I have it all?", but "Should I have kids at all?"

Young women and couples...

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Let's Stop Doing the CHA CHA CHA

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 11:55 AM

Why do women themselves say that women "Can't Have it All?" We say it because, as one mother told me, the phrase resonates as being "shockingly, earth-shakingly true." We use you "Can't Have it All" because it reflects a reality: our frustration with the impossible goal of trying to...

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Gen X and Social Security: Will We Choose to be Cynical or Practical?

(78) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 10:30 AM

My Gen X peers and I come by our skeptical -- okay our cynical -- world view honestly.

My childhood was bookended by 1979's energy crisis and the Three Mile Island disaster on one end and 1987's Black Monday stock market crash on the other. While Boomers experienced...

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Social Security: Neutral in Name, Sexist by Design

(155) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 6:33 PM

Soon after we had our daughter, I read that elderly women receive far lower Social Security benefits than men due largely to motherhood. Having just become one, I visited the Social Security Administration website. At the top of the page, they reassured me "Social Security is neutral with respect to...

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More Than a Date: The Connection Between Tax Day and Equal Pay Day

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 1:40 PM

Equal Pay Day and Tax Day both fall on April 17 this year due to a simple calendar coincidence. But the connection between the two and the financial impact for women -- especially mothers -- is no coincidence.

April 17, 2012 is the day that symbolizes how...

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Counting Fathers as Babysitters: Why It Matters

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 2:04 PM

Today's mothers and fathers have an uphill battle. Here we are struggling to share parenting and employment in a world that still expects us to be in traditional family roles, and a government institution comes along to tell us that when dad takes care of the kids it's "babysitting", but...

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Creating a Family Vision: Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 2:47 PM

Our family makes its way through an annual New Year's resolution process that serves us pretty well.

2010 was different.

Our family is dealing with

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Career Advice for Women: Life Happens -- Learn From It

(3) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 10:40 AM

1. Don't choose what to do. (Choose what NOT to do -- quickly.)

My career has been propelled most by the times I started down a path, realized it was not a good fit and quickly chose NOT to...

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My National Work and Family Month Flashback

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 12:22 PM

Every October, National Work and Family Month gives me flashbacks.

When I became pregnant, I was a manager at a high-tech company. I worked at least fifty hours a week and, thanks to a recent merger, my position would now include...

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5 Things for Managers To Remember at Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 1:13 AM

Recently, one of my clients said to me in frustration, "My team and I are so busy with our work that it drives me crazy to have to deal with all these internal political issues that waste my time."

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Single-Sex Schools and Gender Stereotypes

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 10:04 AM

A tweet from the Unversity of Chicago Urban Education Institute last week pointed me to this Washington Post article, Study: Single-Sex Education May Do More Harm Than Good.

I have always been opposed to single-sex schools myself, even...

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How Twitter Helped Me Beat My Monday Morning Funk

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 7:06 AM

Last Monday morning I found myself stuck to the chair in my kitchen. I just couldn't seem to make myself move from the kitchen to my home office to get started on the various projects of the day. So I tweeted my malaise to the Twitterverse.

"I.am.procrastinating."

My...

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Caregiving Should Be Shared Between The Sexes: An Open Letter to 'The Sandwich Generation'

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2011 | 2:54 PM

Though I'm not sure I welcome the picture of myself as a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich oozing Velveeta cheese, I appreciate Career Diva's post "Working Women are like Philly Cheesesteaks" on the sandwich generation and it's impact on women's careers in...

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Workplace Culture Wars

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2011 | 9:00 AM

Last week I read a few new articles on work-life balance that brought to mind a mantra I have about organizational change.

In the battle between well-intentioned policies and the unwritten rules of any workplace, unwritten rules win every time.

From the Sloan...

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Smart Girl's Guide to the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 4:15 PM

2011-09-23-40559638.JPGOur daughter headed to middle school this year, and as a former Director of Technology for a K-12 school, I felt like I should have a grand plan for teaching her what she needs to know about computers, the...

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