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Liz O'Donnell

Liz O’Donnell is the founder of Working Daughter. O'Donnell is the author of the book Mogul, Mom & Maid: the Balancing Act of the Modern Woman.


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Entries by Liz O'Donnell

What Successful Caregivers Do Differently

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 2:26 PM

You know those caregivers who keep it all together? Despite the responsibilities and challenges of caregiving, they still have time to pursue their own interests and they make time for friends, fun, and even fitness. How do they do it?

In talking to working daughters all across the country, I've...

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You Know You're a Working Daughter If...

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 12:35 PM

Are you balancing caring for an aging parent with your career and maybe even your own kids? You might be a working daughter if...

  1. You can't remember where you put your car keys, but you've memorized both of your parents' Social Security numbers.
  2. You no longer take an aspirin when...
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A Letter to My Fellow Caregivers

(22) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 5:45 PM

Dear Caregiver,

I want you to know that what you're feeling is normal.

It's normal to feel like caregiving is a burden, not a blessing.

It's normal to want this all to be over.

It's normal to momentarily hate yourself for feeling that way.

It's normal to enjoy aspects of...

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7 Thoughts to Replace Working Mom Guilt

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 10:15 AM

"I have so much guilt." I hear this all the time from working mothers and it breaks my heart. I am mostly guilt-free when it comes to being a working mother -- a huge accomplishment, considering I was raised Irish Catholic and guilt is part of my DNA. Providing for...

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The Modern Woman's Manifesto

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 8:50 AM

Author Elizabeth Gilbert writes, "Nearly all the women I know are stressing themselves sick over the pathological fear that they simply aren't doing enough with their lives." We don't want to be that woman. We post Gilbert's article to Facebook, email it to our friends and write simply,...

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The Real Reason Women Should Lean In

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:27 AM

In her bestselling book, Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to lean into their careers in order to get ahead. While I think much of her advice is excellent, many women tell me the book doesn't feel that relevant for them. While writing and speaking about my own book, Mogul, Mom &...

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Why Mother's Day Should Fall on a Monday

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 3:28 PM

On Sunday, May 11 we will celebrate Mother's Day. We should also celebrate on Monday, May 12. Mother's Day became an official holiday 100 years ago and quickly morphed into a commercialized event celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May. Last year on Mother's Day, Americans spent...

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Yet Another Gender Gap: Leisure Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Working mothers have long scoffed at the idea of weekends as downtime. That concept is as ludicrous as thinking of maternity leave as vacation. Weekends are merely the two days when working mothers can take a break from their paid work while their non-paid work often increases. It's a different...

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Don't Let Gwyneth Paltrow Incite a Mommy War

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 3:19 PM

My fellow working mothers, I heard about Gwyneth Paltrow's E! interview where she shared her challenges as a movie star mother. And I read the clever open letter to her in the New York Post. I was tempted to write one myself. But I am holding back. And...

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What High School Musical And Anne-Marie Slaughter Can Teach Us About Work Life Balance

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:41 PM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

When Anne-Marie Slaughter talks about her moment of truth in her much-viewed TEDTalk, Can We All 'Have It All'?, many people interpret that moment as Slaughter's realization that she couldn't have it all. All, for Slaughter,...

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8 Ways Businesses Can Eliminate Mad Men Workplace Policies and Keep Women at Work

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 12:20 PM

There are approximately 23 million working mothers in the United States, and more and more families relying on these women as their main source of income. In his State of the Union address earlier this week, President Obama said he firmly believes, "When women succeed, America succeeds." His...

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Can't Say No? Say Yes Instead

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:32 PM

In the client service business, it's frowned upon to say "no" to client requests. Customers typically want to do business with people who are pleasant and accommodating. But sometimes, a no is called for. When a client has an unrealistic deadline, impossible-to-meet expectations or is looking for something that is...

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10 New Year's Resolutions for Working Mothers

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 3:28 PM

We all know the life of a working mother is challenging; heck, I wrote a whole book on the topic. At home, we often manage more than our fair share of housework and childcare. At work, we still face a mommy penalty that can impact our wages and career opportunities....

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Domestic Duties Impact Women of Main Street As Well As Wall Street

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 12:01 PM

We can't have it all if we're too busy doing it all. Despite the fact that women are breadwinners in a record number of U.S. households, they still average much more time on housework and childcare than men do. Even in homes where couples split chores like cooking, cleaning and...

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Beat the Stress: Go for Good Enough This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 2:41 PM

Tis the season, the season that can bring even the most organized woman to her knees. The pressure to recreate a Norman Rockwell scene can turn happy holidays into hectic home life. Research from the American Psychological Association found almost half of all women in the United States...

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8 Habits of Smart Working Mothers

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 4:26 PM

It's no secret that the life of a working mother can be really difficult. There is never enough time in the day. We're often pulled in several directions at the same time. We never finish our to-do lists.

Luckily, there are some ways to make the juggling act more manageable....

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What We Can Learn from Moguls, Moms and Maids in the Middle

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 3:55 PM

After barely staying one breath ahead of a panic attack all week due to too many work deadlines, two homemade Halloween costumes and a fourth grade book report, I had a meltdown Friday night. My son was teasing his sister, my daughter was whining and my husband jumped into the...

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5 Lessons Stay-at-Home Dads Can Teach Women

(7) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:17 PM

For the past eleven months, I've been using whatever free time I could find to write and publish a book that will be released in November. As a sole breadwinner with a demanding job and two children, finding the time to write hasn't been easy. Some mornings I've...

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What's Missing From the Opt-Out Discussion

(10) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 6:24 PM

This week in The New York Times Magazine, Judith Warner revisits highly educated women who left the work force a decade ago for a variety of reasons, and who now want back in. The same magazine defined this group as the "opt-out revolution" in a 2003

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Men Struggle With Work-Life Balance, And That's A Good Thing

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2013 | 4:44 PM

All of the recent focus on mothers who work -- from Anne-Marie Slaughter's "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" to Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In to the latest data from the Pew Research Center showing a record number of breadwinning moms -- begs the question what about fathers? What are...

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