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Robert Drago

Entries by Robert Drago

Breastfeeding and Work, Finally!

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 10:57 AM

Progressives have always had mixed emotions about breastfeeding. We support a healthy diet and natural living, and breastfeeding is as natural as it gets. We also have a low tolerance for chemical additives, including those found in infant formula. On the other hand, breastfeeding has been used to oppress women....

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Progress Denied: Women in Management Left Behind (Minding the Kids)

(11) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 12:22 PM

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's new glass ceiling report on women in management was just released by the Joint Economic Committee, and the news is bad. In a comparison of the years 2000 and 2007, women comprised 49% of non-managerial workers in both years, but their...

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Who's Joining Unions Today? Hint: It's Not the White Guys

(8) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 2:15 PM

Back in the day, the average American thought of unions as mainly involving white guys who work in factories, pull down enough income to support a wife at home raising children, have two cars and a house in the suburbs, and look forward to a comfortable retirement at the end...

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Peaceful Revolution: Childcare and Construction

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2008 | 9:09 AM

A Pink and Green Stimulus Approach

A consensus is emerging around the need for a mix of human and physical infrastructure investments in a stimulus package. Why go pink and green?

Any economic stimulus package should achieve two objectives: 1) spur short-term spending, and 2) build our society...

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Peaceful Revolution: Women's Issues Do Matter (and Palin is Wrong)

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2008 | 5:55 PM

The presidential candidates and the media have recently been caught up in economic issues, including the stock market upheaval, credit crunch, housing crisis, and rising unemployment. Women's issues, on the other hand, have faded from the media spotlight.

That changed on Tuesday, when Governor Palin went after Senator Obama...

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A Peaceful Revolution: Caring for the Poor: The South is Rising Again

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2007 | 6:47 PM

If the true gauge of any government is how it cares for the poor, the Southern states used to be pretty good. From Texas to Georgia and up to Kentucky, these states were part of the Democratic coalition that brought us the minimum wage along with health coverage and income...

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A Peaceful Revolution: Hey Mom, Where You Live Matters!

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2007 | 11:01 AM

I flew into San Diego some time ago, and from the air you could see it wasn't a good location for a big city. There area is very dry, so much of the water supply comes from the Colorado River. The river is hundreds of miles away, and drying...

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A Peaceful Revolution: Reduced Hours are Green

(3) Comments | Posted October 23, 2007 | 9:31 PM

Back in 2000, Joan Williams and I wrote, "The Half-Time Tenure Track," a paper asking colleges and universities to allow faculty to work reduced hours when caregiving responsibilities arose. The idea took off, but it always bothered me that the proposal was designed for some very privileged people. Academics often...

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A Peaceful Revolution: Breastfeeding: The Latest Refuge of Scoundrels

(11) Comments | Posted September 25, 2007 | 9:37 AM

Here in rural Pennsylvania, we have a radio plug for breastfeeding. The government plug features a man speaking with a deep Southern accent, and country music plays in the background.

Why the cowboy pitch? The answer is that highly educated women are already
on the breastfeeding bandwagon. They know...

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A Peaceful Revolution: More Part-time for Moms?

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2007 | 9:29 AM

A Peaceful Revolution series will continue with a weekly blog about work/life satisfaction done in collaboration with Read a blog by a leading thinker in the field every Tuesday.

In a recent PEW Research survey, half of moms working full-time said they would prefer part-time work, as...

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