reforming

When Mandela Asks, You Say Yes

In October 1990, just a few months after his release from 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela toured the world to thank those countries and people who agitated for his release and the end of apartheid. One of his stops was at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, for an non-denominational service where he captivated […]

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Why is the World So Focused on Girls? Malala Day!

The world recently celebrated the first International Day of the Girl. One of the ways we marked this important milestone with our friends at GirlUp and their partners, on a marathon 12 hour twitter chat. Participants joined from all over the world—from Afghanistan to Tanzania, from the United Kingdom to the USA—to share thousands of tweets and links […]

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I’m Over It

I am over supermarket tabloids and trashy magazines. I am over pages and pages of vitriolic comments on news websites from anonymous members of the “public”, no matter what the issue. I am over deadlocked budget negotiations and self absorbed politicians. I am over a teetering European economy sending constant shock waves through a jumpy […]

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A Toe in the Mommy Wars

“this is not just a mother’s issue” As a work life flexibility advocate and pundit and I have the occasional opportunity to attend forums where employers, academics and organizations gather to advance innovative work place solutions. Without exception, the mantra of “this is just not a mother’s issue.” is proclaimed. Seems so obvious – of […]

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Hey Mr. DJ, Turn Down That Stereotype!

The labels we so easily apply and attach meaning to, feel increasingly ridiculous and limited; frustrating in their inability to tell the whole story of a person. It’s much easier for everyone if we stay in our classifications. All this crossing over into different segments; it ruins our sound bite politics and mass generalizations. Heaven […]

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

  Work life reform and social good are two parts of the same whole.” As I have dived deeper and deeper into the work life balance conversation, particularly in an American context, I have not been able to hide my shock and anger at the language I find surrounding mothers in the formal workplace. Denigrating, […]

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When Outright Discrimination Gets Mistaken as a Quest for Work Life Balance: Or How the Judge Got it Wrong!

I’ve been quietly steaming over last week’s decision by Judge Preska to dismiss the Bloomberg women’s class action, anchoring her decision it seems, on former GE CEO Jack Welch’s view that, “There is no such thing as work life balance. There are choices, and you make them, and they have consequences”. On one level, absolutely […]

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When You Wake Up A Mother…

You Wake Up the World Last week ten bloggers traveled with Bono’s ONE.org to Kenya, to experience for themselves the reality of mothering in Africa. How much reality can you experience when you are a middle class, educated, American? When Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com went to Bangladesh last month with Christy Turlington’s “Every Mother Counts” […]

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Because Every Mother Counts, Every Day

It’s Not Enough Cards, flowers, the ubiquitous breakfast in bed… coming to a household near you this Sunday morning! It is a beautiful and important thing to celebrate mothers. But you know what’s coming next. It is not enough. It’s not enough to give mothers a Hallmark day once a year and denigrate, discriminate and […]

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Why “Air Quotes” Drive Work Life Reform Back

Morra Aarons Mele recently talked all things work life with Christine Koh over at the Pulse Network. I wanted to jump up from my latop and cheer when Morra reminded us not to put the dreaded air quotes, either literally or with our tone of voice around working from home. It is so easy to […]

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