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Marie Wilson
Founder, Take Our Daughters to Work Day; Honorary Founder and President Emerita, Ms. Foundation for Women

Entries by Marie Wilson

How Take Our Daughters to Work Day Allowed Men to "Come Out" As Public Parents

(15) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 8:36 AM

In 1993, a small article announcing Take Our Daughters to Work Day in New York City appeared in Parade Magazine. We created that day when I was the president of the Ms. Foundation for Women. The goal: To help stop the slide in girls' resilience and self-esteem at adolescence, which...

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Leadership From the Foot of the Table

(11) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 2:29 PM

It was no surprise to read Monday's front page New York Times article (10.14.13), "Senate Women Lead in Effort to Find Accord" and see the deadlock over the debt ceiling being brokered by a few of the still small number of women who burst the glass ceiling of...

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The Best Mother's Day Present of All: Technology

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 9:01 AM

Ad inserts for Mother's Day gifts tumbled out of the New York Times last Sunday featuring the headline: "Latest Technology for Mom" -- iPads, cameras and computers. Not surprising, right? Women, after all, are a major market for this equipment.

An article by Laura Donovan in The Jane Dough,

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Men Behaving Badly: It's Not All Bad For Us

(10) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 11:25 AM

This has not been a good month for men or women: The head of the International Monetary Fund stands accused of sexually assaulting a maid, which has brought to light other similar allegations against him. There's Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), whose name alone became a running joke after he tweeted...

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What About the Boys

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 12:10 PM

It was April 1993 on the very first Take Our Daughters to Work Day, of which I am a founding mother. I sat in front of the television after a long and satisfying day, watching media reports that documented a massive entrance by girls into the American workplace. What we...

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The Politics of Motherhood

(4) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 10:42 AM

The front section of February 18th's edition of the New York Times is peppered with stories about women as mothers -- Sarah Palin is quoted as saying, characteristically, that women, and moms specifically, are most qualified for handling the trials of the American presidency. And Michele Bachmann criticizes Michelle Obama...

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Why Mo Mowlam Matters

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 12:30 PM

"Confidence. The one thing I have learned in government that makes a difference is to be confident. Now some people learn it at Cambridge and Oxford and public schools in England, but we've had to teach ourselves." - Marjorie "Mo" Mowlam

I have heard many wonderful and fascinating things come...

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A New Kind of Toughness?

(3) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 2:56 PM

Ever since Sarah Palin captured the nation's attention with the juxtaposed images of her toting a baby and toting a hunting rifle, there has been a growing cadre of tough-as-nails women in our popular culture. We see it on the big screen in the popularity of Angelina Jolie's wild spy...

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The End of Men? Reports Are Greatly Exaggerated

(18) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 11:15 AM

Hanna Rosin's cover story "The End of Men" has created quite a stir (The Atlantic July/August 2010). Attention-grabbing title aside, Rosin makes the case that women surpassing men in the labor force and in academic achievement is the tidal wave that will finally change the dynamics of power between the...

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One Giant Oil Rig

(27) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 6:23 PM

I had never paid too much attention to oil rigs until sitting on a panel with Deborah Meyerson of Stanford University. She described research she had conducted with Robin Ely of Harvard that explored how focusing on safety on these dirty dangerous places had allowed men to abandon behaviors traditionally...

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Tackle Inequity --Take Your Children to Work

(6) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 10:28 AM

Eighteen years ago, only days before the first annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day, the Ms. Foundation for Women received a call from a New York City high school teacher.

The teacher said she had lined up an internship for one of her bright female students in a...

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Tackle Inequity -- Take Your Children to Work

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 10:28 AM

Eighteen years ago, only days before the first annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day, the Ms. Foundation for Women received a call from a New York City high school teacher.

The teacher said she had lined up an internship for one of her bright female students in a...

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From Right to Wrong: Daycare, Abortion and a Health Care Bill with Women at the Center

(54) Comments | Posted December 22, 2009 | 3:57 PM

I was stirring a pot of spaghetti sauce; holding one toddler, while the other clung to my knees and three others under nine were racing around our small kitchen in Des Moines, Iowa. It was 1971 and I had been lobbying for a piece of national child care legislation, The...

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Sarah and I

(118) Comments | Posted November 21, 2009 | 1:33 PM

This week, Sarah Palin burst onto the national scene yet again, with Going Rogue hitting bookshelves across the country. Given the work that I've dedicated my life to -- advancing women to lead, alongside men -- I've been asked repeatedly on my thoughts about Palin. Sometimes, I'm reminded of the...

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Add Women and Prosper

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 2:50 PM

News last week of the establishment of The Women's Leadership Fund, created by Switzerland's Naissance Capital, Ltd made the financial world prick up their ears. Naissance has committed that the fund will only invest in companies with women in management and on their boards. The Fund will also take an...

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Why Dont You Do It, Honey?

(3) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 9:47 AM

Almost 11 years ago, when I first started The White House Project, some of the top minds in politics, business, film, and journalism came together for our inaugural meeting in Boston. Our mission was ambitious: to profoundly advance women's leadership in the U.S., all the way to the presidency....

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The Gathering Storm of Republican Women

(14) Comments | Posted October 14, 2009 | 3:17 PM

When Sen. Olympia Snowe commented this week on translating the "empathy of your experience into legislation," she made a profound statement on what is currently missing in American politics. The pinnacle of such indifference to the average citizen's plight is seen today in the partisan stalling of health care. You...

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Women and the Recession: A Chance for Some Creative Destruction?

(4) Comments | Posted September 29, 2009 | 2:49 PM

Are women about to become the majority of the paid workforce? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women are on the cusp of outnumbering men on payrolls across America. While the percentage of men working or looking for employment has been dropping, the opposite phenomenon is occurring amongst women...

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From Franklin to Snowe, Women Take Charge to Take Care

(5) Comments | Posted September 22, 2009 | 1:55 PM

There's an old adage that says, "Men take charge while women take care." While the statement is more stereotype than salient truth, there's a spin that's taking root across the U.S. - women taking charge to take care.

From Mayor Shirley Franklin and Senator Olympia Snowe, to the thousands...

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The Battlefield to the Domestic Front: A Note on Women's Equality Day

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 9:22 AM

"We literally could not have fought this war without women."

That's what John Nagl, a retired lieutenant colonel, recently said about the contributions of female soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet he could just as easily have been commenting on World War I -- a victory supported...

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