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No Longer Leading: U.S. Lags Other Advanced Economies in Women's Employment

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Eileen Appelbaum

It's past time to update the Fair Labor Standards and Social Security Acts for the 21st century. Today's workers need a minimum number of paid sick days in addition to a meaningful minimum wage.

U.S. Women: Not Exactly Number One

Martha Burk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

On one of the issues that polls highest with American women -- pay equity -- we sink even lower, to 67th, right below Yemen. We did beat out Saudi Arabia at 111th, no doubt because women in the U.S. are allowed to drive to work.

A Glimpse of the Future: The Necessity of Subsidized Child Care

MotherWoman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

By Nichole Dupont I was at work on the due date for my first child. I know, I know, that doesn't make me special, but I was working. Not because I wa...

Buzzword: Pre-K

Helen Blank | Posted 12.25.2013 | Parents
Helen Blank

As students settle back into their routines, voters across the country prepare to head to the polls. This year, there's a common theme popping up across the country that's of vital importance: the value of expanding Pre-K.

Protecting Kids Before the Next Sandy Strikes

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Hurricane Sandy's heartbreak is far from over. That's particularly true for parents. I'm talking about parents witnessing the ongoing impact of the devastating storm and its stressful aftermath on their children.

Lean In or Lean Back? How about Bend Down?

Margery Leveen Sher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Margery Leveen Sher

These days, we have so much publicly-expressed angst among women and eminent advice-givers. But as we commemorate this National Work and Family Month,...

Stop the Shutdown, Prevent Economic Meltdown

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Extremist Republicans continue to hold funding for the federal government hostage for the second week in a row, opposing a clean extension of government funding without conditions. Their actions are harming the economy and countless real children and families across the country.

Jason Cherkis

'What Do We Need To Get Congress Fired Up Enough To Think Of These Families?' | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As she drove along the outskirts of Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday, Kim Maxwell, 38, became overwhelmed with emotions. It had been nearl...

Jason Cherkis

Major Timeout: Exclusive Child Care Facility Would Close In Shutdown | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may be Romper Room inside the halls of Congress. But some kids attending actual day care in Washington are the ones about to be punis...

The 114-Second Freakout I Had On Day 3 Of Daycare

Theresa D'Angelo | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Theresa D'Angelo

I was going to write a blog post along the lines of "20 Ways I Freaked Out On My Babies' First Day At Daycare," but I was too busy freaking out to write anything down. It was actually nothing compared to the freaking out I did on Day 3 of daycare anyway -- and this time, it was all condensed into a span of about 114 seconds.

How Children and the Elderly Enrich Each Other's Lives

Frida Berrigan | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

In a society that has no place for older people and treats aging like a long and unpleasant illness instead of a natural part of life, that feeling of purpose and belonging is rare, treasured and life-affirming.

An Opportunity Plan to Empower Women in the Workplace

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 11.27.2013 | Women
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

We know the American workforce is changing at a rapid pace as families rely more and more on women's income to get by. But, as the face of the American workplace has changed, the federal rules that govern it have not kept up.

The Children Are Still Poor in America

Hannah Matthews | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Hannah Matthews

Today's poverty numbers should be intolerable. Our youngest children are still poor; we shouldn't expect them to do something to change that. And it's inexcusable that they are destined to spend the rest of their lives trying to play catch up.

The Problem Has a Name: Guilt

Megan Beyer | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Megan Beyer

Ours is not our mothers' guilt, wanting more than what they were told to want. Ours is the guilt of having more options and not feeling at peace.

Get Off the Guilt Treadmill: It's Not Your Mamma's World

Marjorie Clifton | Posted 11.09.2013 | Women
Marjorie Clifton

Don't try to stick to the path your mother and grandmother followed because, well, quite simply, times have changed.

How You Can Protect Children, Before Disaster Strikes

Mark Shriver | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Mark Shriver

From Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, to Sandy Hook, to the Oklahoma tornadoes, the last 12 months have featured natural disasters and high-profile school tragedies. Unfortunately, it's clearer than ever that children in the United States are still not getting all the protections they deserve.

Is Day Care Really Hurting Our Kids?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 08.27.2013 | Parents

Written By Melinda Wenner Moyer for Slate In its cover story a few weeks ago, the New York Times Magazine followed up with nearly two dozen mothers...

The Defeat of DOMA Can Help Us Rethink Other Family Policies Too

Kimberly Dark | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Kimberly Dark

If we broaden our discussions about how American family policies support children, we will find ourselves in dialogue about family leave, sick leave and vacation time. We'll examine the adequacy of minimum wage. We'll have realistic discussions about public welfare programs.

5 Mistakes Many Parents Make When It Comes To Child Care

Lynn Perkins | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

When it comes to leaving your child in the care of a babysitter, nanny or other child care provider, you have nothing but the best intentions. However, many parents unknowingly make mistakes when hiring, managing and communicating with their child care provider.

Which Would You Choose -- Mediation or Litigation - When Seeking Child Support Modification?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 09.29.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Since the amount of child support one is required to contribute is formulary and based on statutory guidelines, it stands to reason then that modification of child support would be requested when there is a "substantial change of circumstance."

For Any Working Mom, Child Care Is Essential

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

In California and nationwide, our youngest citizens' futures must be at the top of our agenda. This is not the time to be timid, or deal with it in K-12 proposals and politicking. Later is too late; the research keeps mounting about where we need to put our money and why.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Priced Out Of Child Care | Katy Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents

Child care costs have risen in recent years while the federal minimum wage has not. In most states, a single parent working a minimum wage job 40 hour...

Does Obama's Early Education Proposal Have a Chance?

David Kirp | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
David Kirp

If early education is done well -- and the Obama plan builds in safeguards designed to assure quality -- there's abundant evidence that it's the smartest investment we can make in children's futures.

Rally4Babies? If We Don't, Who Will?

Donna M. Butts | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

This virtual event aims to awaken Americans to the astonishing importance of the early weeks and months of life, when infants encounter the world with wonder and rapid learning that lays the foundation for all the curiosity and discovery that lies ahead.

The Real Biological Clock Question Is Bigger Than Asking 'When to Have a Child?'

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty
Frank Schaeffer

Having children early enough to be an active grandparent, enjoying your grandchildren and contributing to their most profound sense of well being, is the deepest joy of life you've experienced.