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
Ignoring Women's Work Hurts Everyone The damaging effects of being ignored by colleagues at work is well-established in these new scientific studies. However, there is something missing from this article. You don't have to be at work to be ignored (professionally). Even in normal, everyday conversations - what women "do" for a living is often perceived as less important. I've had at least … [Read more...] about Ignoring Women’s Work Hurts Everyone
Ginger is a Caring Economics Coalition (CEC) Member and Certified Conversation Leader. She speaks regularly to raise awareness about the value of caregiving and supports the CEC's sustainable approach toward building a healthy economy which values its most precious resource: its children. Learn more, watch the VIDEO below. Caring Economy - Join the Campaign Coalition The real wealth of our … [Read more...] about The Caring Economy Campaign
Mothers Declaration of Rights Recently I wrote about the shameful state of women's health care in America and how America's broken health care system affects women. NAMC Advocacy Coordinator and mothers' rights advocate, Valerie Young, is a bright light and constant champion for improving the status of women and caregiving in America. Valerie has guest posted for BITL many times, and I echo … [Read more...] about Mothers Declaration of Rights
How America's Broken Health Care System Affects Women A post also featured on Modern Mom, November 1, 2012 The idea of women's empowerment is a touchy issue. It has been correlated with the myth of the "male decline" and other scare tactics put forth by those who may seek to sweep women's issues under the proverbial rug. However, one fact stands very clear. Our current approach on … [Read more...] about How America’s Broken Health Care System Affects Women
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?
As American mothers our opinions may differ on many topics - from politics to diapering to schooling to daycare to working outside vs. inside the home, just to name a few. Some of these topics cause us to draw battle lines and take sides in contentious and unnecessary "mommy wars." However, I think perhaps, we can all agree on this statement - a country that discriminates against its own … [Read more...] about A “Fantasty State of the Union”
Bringing Baby to Work (My second son at work with me in 2008)Family friendly policy is critical, especially during the first year. (It helps that I own the company and set family friendly policies.) 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 … [Read more...] about A New Work Ethic (that ends gender discrimination) for the 21st Century?
Ginger in the UK at the beginning of her own "Eat, Pray, Love" journey in 2004 A few weeks ago, a BITL reader wrote to tell me know how much this blog had helped her get her life back. After suffering from long standing depression and struggling with her weight and the stresses that attach themselves to it - she found my blog and in it the tools she needed to arm herself for … [Read more...] about The American Woman: Telling Our Story
Okay people, if you are looking for some last minute Christmas gifts, and especially if you are looking for a great read...here is a fantastic list of books from Riane Eisler, PhD, the co-founder of Center for Partnership Studies. Dr. Eisler's books paint a beautiful portrait of peace for our world today. Her organization, CPS, exists to build a culture of gender and racial equity, … [Read more...] about Gift Giving for World Peace & Equality for All
This year marks (only) the 90 year anniversary of women earning a basic human civil right: the right to vote. As a woman - and as a mother, I have both been an observer and a victim of the discrimination which still exists against women today. Just to scratch the surface: Women still only make $.78 to a man's dollar, and until this past July, there was still no mandatory policy which gave women … [Read more...] about Women’s Rights: Are You Exercising Yours?