Inspiring Women and Girls to Claim Their Power On November 8th I was invited to speak at the North Carolina Executive Mansion as part of a panel for the NC Chapter of the UN Women. What an amazing experience it was, and an honor and privilege to be able to sit on a panel with so many qualified women. In fact, every woman in attendance that was incredibly accomplished, from the school-aged girls … [Read more...] about Inspiring Women and Girls to Claim Their Power
Influencing Health Care Policy: Can Medical Providers Do That? How can health care professionals/pain management specialists become more involved in shaping health care policy? Rehabilitation specialists are instrumental medical providers in the management of chronic pain. As a physical therapist I have been specializing in chronic pain for close to 15 years, and doing so, through the use of … [Read more...] about Influencing Health Care Policy: Can Medical Providers Do That?
American Childbirth Needs Change The Birth Experience As Empowering Childbirth in America needs to change. America has the highest infant and mortality rates of any industrialized nation. Additionally, women are scared of birth and being scared into making fear based decisions about childbirth, rather than being respectfully informed and supported in their birth decisions. We need to … [Read more...] about American Childbirth Needs Change
A Bill of Rights for American Mothers? As mothers, it is imbedded in our very nature to take care of others. What mothers should know is that society has taken advantage of this fact for centuries. And while they continue to take, mothers continue to give. How does society take without giving to mothers? I think the National Association of Mothers’ Centers Advocacy Coordinator Valerie Young … [Read more...] about Do American Mothers Need a Bill of Rights?
Americans Need Family Friendly Social Policy “Women will never achieve equality until mothers do.” - Joan Williams Motherhood is esteemed as valuable in the US, after all, women give birth and nurture to the future leaders and citizens of our great country. Further, women do most of the caregiving and miss most days from work associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and childrearing. Why, … [Read more...] about Americans Need Family Friendly Social Policy
To borrow the words of John Lennon, Imagine if... ...there was no more discrimination against women in the workplace, there was paid maternity leave for mothers and fathers, every workplace had flex-time, job sharing, compressed work schedules, the option of working from home when possible, and no child went without quality care from their parents during their first year of life... ...it's … [Read more...] about A New Work Ethic (that ends gender discrimination) for the 21st Century?
I am on maternity leave through August and September, so please enjoy today's guest post by NAMC's Advocacy Coordinator, Valerie Young. Valerie writes the popular blog for mother's rights, Your (Wo)Man in Washington. BITL Founder, Ginger, in pursuit of "pushing back" in 2010, fundraising for women and children in Haiti through voice and song. Photo taken at a North Carolina … [Read more...] about What I Don’t Understand About Women
BITL Founder, expecting her third child this month (June 2011).This week's guest post is penned by NAMC's Advocacy Coordinator, Valerie Young. Valerie writes the popular blog for mother's rights, Your (Wo)Man in Washington. Being a mother in the United States is an uphill climb. Alone among industrialized nations, we have no guaranteed paid leave policy for childbirth, adoption, illness, or … [Read more...] about Mothering in America: An Uphill Climb
As mothers, it is our nature to take care of others. That is nothing new. What is shocking is that society has taken advantage of this fact for centuries. And while they continue to take, mothers continue to give.How? For starters, the United States has one of the worst maternity leave policies among all industrialized nations.1 USA Today cites a Harvard study which firmly places … [Read more...] about A Mother’s Bill of Rights?
I recently had a question from a reader, a mother of 2 young girls. The problem she presented has been plaguing women since they left the home en masse and entered the workplace - from the 1970's forward. It is a problem we all struggle with - whether we are stay at home moms or working moms.Here is my response to this busy, working mom - who like all mothers is just trying to do the best … [Read more...] about The Mommy Wars
Insurance coverage is a top issue in women's health care today, if not the top priority. Women hold the future of this planet in our bodies. While I do not agree that "men make the rules", at least not all of the time, still yet, I do agree with the National Women's Law Center stance that "being a woman is not a pre-existing condition." If we, as women, do not have access to good health care … [Read more...] about Women’s Health in the US: “Being A Woman Is Not A Pre-Existing Condition”