Your Guide to Surviving Awkward Family Conversations about Sexism

Reprinted with permission from the American Association of University Women With the holiday season ramping up, there’s a lot to look forward to! From parties to the New Year, this time of year is full of expectations. You’ve survived Thanksgiving, but you might not be past all the awkward family discussions yet to come. But don’t […]

Spotify Announces Impressive Parental Leave Program

On Thursday, music-streaming service Spotify announced the launch of a broad parental leave program that includes six months’ leave for new mothers and fathers. Effective immediately, the Swedish-born company is offering full-time employees time off with 100 percent pay, which can be broken up into three separate periods and taken within the first three years of a child’s life (employees who become […]

I Didn’t Know

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. The moment I knew I had to escape. It was 3 am. I gripped the cool steering wheel with trembling fingers and white knuckles. “Mommy I’m hungry.” My […]

After the Celebration

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. It’s midnight now, maybe later. There is no backlit clock on the nightstand to tell me the exact time. Half-asleep, I lie on the firm double bed […]

It Felt Like a Breastfeeding Cult

I was as prepared as a new mother could be to begin breastfeeding upon the birth of my son. While pregnant, I took the hospital’s “Breastfeeding Basics” course, secured my breast pump from the insurance company and obtained the access code for an online support group. The delivery room was supposed to be the place […]

The Level of My Self-Esteem

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. Sitting here, cradling my baby in my arms, it is hard to imagine the life I once lived. The violence is etched in my brain, a tremor […]

One Simple Way to Move Women Closer to Equality

August 26 marked the 95th anniversary of women’s suffrage, enshrined in the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Many describe this as the date women were “granted the right to vote.” Others prefer to say it’s when women “won the right to vote,” recognizing the decades of struggle it took to get that victory, full […]

New Report Shows the Powerful Effect of Working Moms

Want girls to grow up and be successful in the workplace? Support their working mothers. According to a report released last month, working mothers have an extremely positive impact on their children’s future well-being—particularly their daughters. The study, published through Harvard Business School, found that maternal employment had a direct effect on gender role models in the home and […]

A Black Mother Weeps for America

They are not insurgents. They are not enemy combatants. They are not hostile enemy forces. They are not terrorists. They are our Black sons. And I beg you, America, to stop killing them in their own backyards, in the streets outside of nightclubs, on the phone talking to their girlfriends, and a few blocks from […]

A Post-Mother’s Day Wish: 21st Century Workplace Policies

This article first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online. My husband normally doesn’t participate in the media interviews I do. But three decades ago, when our kids were 2 and 5, a conservative woman wrote an op-ed in the local paper declaring all problems in the family, from alcoholism to teenage suicide, were due to […]