Posts tagged "work life balance"

Make It Work: How To Get A Grip On Your Work-Life Balance

Working to live or living to work?

By: Cassie Marketos / July 22, 2015

Tech Companies Want To Help Female Employees Freeze Their Eggs, But What We Really Need Is Better Paternity Leave

Apple and Facebook are going to start helping female employees cover the cost of freezing their eggs — some employees, anyway; Apple’s benefits vary depending on your position — so that those women don’t have to choose between having a family and working through some of the prime years of their careers.
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By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 14, 2014

Matt Lauer Asks General Motors’ Mary Barra If She Can Be Both CEO And A Good Mom

“Today Show” host Matt Lauer interviewed General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra this morning and asked about her leadership of a struggling company as a woman and the fact that she has three kids at home. Lauer may have meant to give Barra a platform to discuss the sexist assumptions behind his questions. (And to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 26, 2014

President Obama Speaks Out In Support Of Paid Maternity Leave

President Obama spoke out yesterday in support of paid maternity leave and paid family leave. “There is only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave,” the president said. “That is us. And that is not the list you want to be on by your lonesome.” [Yahoo]
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By: Jessica Wakeman / June 24, 2014

Emma Thompson Weighs In On Balancing Work With Motherhood: “You Don’t Need It All At Once”

“You can’t be a great mum and keep working all the time. … I wanted to spend more time with my family. A year off was my birthday present to myself. I didn’t actually act or write. I was just a mum. I taught drama at my daughter’s school, cooked meals and had fun. I highly…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 27, 2014

Study: Being At Home Is More Stressful Than Being At Work

Spending time at home is way more stressful than spending time at work, according to a surprising new study by Penn State researchers. This comes as something of a surprise given the endless national dialogue about American working too much.

The study measured participants’ cortisol levels, which is one of our bodies’ major marker…

By: Claire Hannum / May 25, 2014

Mommie Dearest: I Never Expected To Be A Stay-At-Home Mom

Stay at home vs. working moms: it’s a debate that may well have sparked the heated flames of the “mommy wars.” There haven’t been a shortage of opinions on this topic, and despite being rehashed to death, more keep coming. The latest voice to enter into the fray is Allison Klein, a former reporter turned…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 19, 2014

Oh, For Eff’s Sake, Michelle Obama Is Not A “Feminist’s Nightmare”

One of the most intriguing characters on “Scandal” is First Lady Mellie Grant. She’s not just a WASP sent from Central Casting, or a put-upon wife of a philanderer. Mellie gave up her Yale and Harvard-bred ambitions for the full-time job of photo ops and glad-handing as the First Lady. Just like Lucy Ricardo alway…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 22, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Ani DiFranco On Patriarchy, Motherhood & “Having It All”

When I arrived at the basement of the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Massachusetts, I found folk musician Ani DiFranco in the midst of trying to get her six-month-old son Dante down for a nap. Minutes later I spotted the young baby — still very much awake — strapped into a carrier about to head out…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 20, 2013

5 Things To Know About Why The Japanese (Supposedly) Aren’t Having Sex

According to UK’s Guardian, Japan’s young people aren’t having a whole lot of sex. In fact, a study found that 45 percent of women 16  to 25 “were not interested or despised sexual contact.” Despised. The desire to get married is declining, and fewer babies were born in Japan in 2012 than ever before. The change…

By: Claire Hannum / October 21, 2013

The New York Times Piece Following Up On “The Opt-Out Generation” Will Scare The Crap Out Of You

In 2003, The New York Times Magazine published an article by Lisa Belkin about the “opt-out revolution” — highly-educated women with prestigious jobs who left the workforce for full-time parenting.  Was this, it seemed to ask, what our feminist foremothers had fought for?

The article was trashed from here to the moon with…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 7, 2013

52 Years Late, Phyllis Richman Tells Harvard Admissions How She Had A Career And A Family

In June 1961, after applying to Harvard’s graduate program in city planning, Phyllis Richman received a letter from Harvard asking her exactly how she planned on having a career and a family.

You see, Phyllis’s admission seemed like a waste of time to the admissions office. William A. Doeble, a professor in the…

By: Mary Odell / June 10, 2013

Huh? Good Men Project Founder Calls NY Times Piece On The Benefits Of Paternity Leave An “Attack On Dads-At-Large”

Last week, The New York Times published a fairly straight forward news piece on the bountiful array of studies conducted here and in other parts of the world that suggest that offering paternity leave to new fathers could actually help stimulate the U.S. economy while also supporting women in their quest for work/life balance. The piece start…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 8, 2013

Hillary Clinton: Stop “Whining” About Not Having It All

“I can’t stand whining. I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they’re not happy with the choices they made. You live in a time when there are endless choices. … Some women are not comfortable working at the pace and intensity you have to work at in these jobs ……

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 18, 2012

Attorney General Lisa Madigan Fires Back Against Sexist Questions

This week at the National Democratic Convention, sexism seeped out of the mouths of three Chicago Sun-Times reporters when asking Attorney General Lisa Madigan about her potential run for governor.

The reporters, Dave McKinney, Fran Spielman, and Natasha Korecki, raised the question of “whether she could serve as governor and still raise her kid…

By: Daley Quinn / September 7, 2012

The Soapbox: On Feminism & Judging Other Women

It was easy to roll one’s eyes at Elizabeth Wurtzel’s recent piece on TheAtlantic.com, “1 Percent Wives Are Helping To Kill Feminism And Make The War On Women Possible.” Although I understand the point Wurtzel was trying to make (educated women who don’t advance in the workforce and financially support themselves/their families are bad for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2012

Stay-At-Home-Moms More Worried, Sad & Stressed, According To New Poll

As if the “mommy wars” need even more ammunition to make women feel bad about themselves: a new Gallup poll found that stay-at-home-moms were more likely to be unhappy than working mothers.

Gallup surveyed nearly 61,000 women between the ages of 18 to 64 who had at least one child under the age of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 18, 2012

Australian Company Offers Double Pay To Moms Who Return To Work

As an incentive for working mothers not to drop out of the workforce, the Insurance Australia Group (IAG) is offering double pay for new moms for their first six weeks back from maternity leave. The double-pay incentive is on top of IAG’s 14 weeks paid maternity leave after giving birth or adopting a child, plu…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 20, 2012

The Soapbox: On Ann Romney & Women “Marrying Up”

Another day, another bombastically link-baity piece on the Internet to get everyone’s feathers ruffled!

Today’s linkbait comes courtesy of The New York Daily News op-ed page, in which writer S.E. Cupp hammers away at Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen for a foot-in-mouth comment she made on “Anderson Cooper 360″ last week, that stay-at-home  mother…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2012

“Work-Coms”: They’re Rom-Coms, Only Light On The Romance

The discerning female film viewer has long trained herself to separate rom-coms from reality when it comes to her love life. He’s probably not going to win you over with a grand romantic gesture, he’s probably not going to beat up some loser just to impress you, and he’s probably not going to have Matthew…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 31, 2011
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