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Supermodels and the Politics of Birth

Women need to be heard.  To be heard requires understanding and knowledge.  In this, women in America are very much like their sisters in Bangladesh, Tanzania and Guatemala. All over the world, women are still dying in childbirth.  A woman dies every single minute.  In the majority of countries it is usually due to the […]

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Curve Balls

“This desire for control and flexibility?  It’s more than on-ramping and off-ramping.  It’s more than a chance to have further education or take a world adventure.  More even than to care for the sick and sometimes, the dying.“ It’s been a long year.  And we’re only half way.  In the midst of global economic trauma, […]

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What Are You Worth?

Power is a loaded word.  And often (almost always) goes with money.  And asking.  And negotiating.  Last Sunday I wrote about it in the context of mothers. My friend Lisa Gates has begun something extraordinary at Craving Balance.  She has created a learning community, an on-line space where women (it is specifically for women, but […]

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Let’s Negotiate

Does the word “negotiation” give you thrills or chills?  What it means, how it is done and most importantly for me, how I do it, is on my mind.  I’m participating in a negotiating course from the savvy Victoria Pynchon through Lisa Gate’s Craving Balance Learning Community.  Yesterday, over at Career Connection, guest Meghan Biro […]

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Tear Down That Wall?

In the furor over the NYT Mommy Blogger’s piece over the weekend (which I am not getting into as others have done it better), I noticed a comment (amongst the hundreds of comments across one of the at least 12 follow-ups I’ve read in the past couple of days).  I can’t quote it, because I […]

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Balance, What Balance?!

Why do I persist in using the term “work life balance” when it has so many complex connotations?  I have a very simple answer.  Because it’s the lingua franca of the academic research and literature, of corporate programs, of legislation and of every day people.  There are those I respect who argue convincingly for alternative […]

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So Let’s Build a New House

A Personal Blueprint for Workplace Renewal Constructed with: – capitalism, with a healthy dose of government vigilance and oversight. – corporate profits, giving people the opportunity to earn to the highest of their desire and capacity in innovative, creative free markets with the caveat of ethical, law-abiding behavior. – protective legislation to provide care where […]

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Is it Complicated? Hell Yeah!

Two articles from opposing ends of the work-life spectrum piqued my interest last week. The first starts out like this “You’re meeting with your boss. Your kid’s Halloween parade starts in an hour. If you’re going to make it, it’s time to go – now. What do you do?”  Whilst this piece is written with […]

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Work-life Extravaganza!

Wow.  Quite the week for work-life balance discussion.  And quite the week for women’s issues.  It seemed the debate lifted a notch with some serious new data telling the story of the health of the American workforce from Ellen Galinsky at the Families and Work Institute and more data coming out of Harvard via the […]

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OH MY GOODNESS: I LEFT MY VOICE ON THE BUS

This week I am honored by Whitney Johnson’s invitation to guest on Dare to Dream, a blog I thoroughly enjoy, recommend and quote often. Here’s a brief extract from “Oh My Goodness: I Left My Voice on the Bus.” “… It’s not that I don’t enjoy corporate life. I do. And I am good at […]

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