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New Numbers on New Families

Stress about balancing work and family--that's what professional women have to face, right? Well, some new statistics out this week from the Council on Contemporary Families report that men, both those in dual and single earner households, are more likely to be stressed about balancing personal and professional responsibilities than women. I think this is a big deal. Twenty-five years ago, when the Council first surveyed families, working men were not nearly as concerned about balancing work and family as women were then or as they are now. I think this kind of awareness is the fundamental first step towards…

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Kalokagathia

Bookmark This!

Yet again, the lovely Carolyn Elefant has brought to my attention a site formerly unknown to me: Mommy Track'd I am not a mommy so it may have been a while before I ever found this on my own, but for those of you who are moms or hope to be a mom someday - check the site out. The thing I like best is the site's light-hearted focus - simply stated as, "Our mission is to provide a helpful and entertaining resource for all the time-crunched moms managing the daily tug of war between work and family." The site…

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jessie

Must Read: Feminine Mistake by Leslie Bennetts

Readers may know Leslie Bennetts from her reporting at The New York Times and Vanity Fair. Now Bennetts has a new book out, and it argues that women who opt-out of work in favor of family jeopardize their families' ultimate well-being by sacrificing their economic self-sufficiency. Now matter what you think about the "opt-out revolution" and issues of work-life balance, the factual research that supports Bennetts' work makes The Feminine Mistake a must read.

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Chicana

Men making more money than women…what’s new?

As I am sure many of you have seen on CNN and other news networks, there is a story on men making more money than women in the same jobs. While I deplore the way the story is presented, I am like that the story is out there. Now when I tell people about Ms. JD and women's issues in the work force, I can easily reference the inequalities that still exist yet seem to be of any major concern to most in this country. The problem that still exists is the way the issue is framed. As we have…

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Kalokagathia

Congressional Babies!

I am not the best when it comes to keeping up with news and politics - granted, I have become more informed and inquisitive as I get older - but I don't know the ins and outs of Washington and I certainly don't keep up with news on the players - but this article about Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers caught my attention and I thought I would mention it because, well, I thought it was a nice piece. McMorris Rodgers will be the 5th woman to give birth while serving a term in Congress - this number was higher than…

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bethb

In Denial?

Last night I attended a panel discussion sponsored by a women’s organization at my law school. I thought this would be a great opportunity to meet women who had successfully navigated different legal career paths and perhaps even tell them a bit about Ms. JD. Unfortunately, I left the discussion with the strange feeling that everyone in the room but me was suffering from serious denial. When a partner of a large firm was asked about sexism in the firm, she denied knowledge of any such incidents, despite having been with the firm for more than ten years. I couldn’t…

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jessie

The Personal is Political (and Confusing)

Boyfriend and I are both third year law students. For three job application rounds in a row (2 summers and a clerkship) Boyfriend’s stayed here where we go to law school, while I’ve taken a job elsewhere. Each time that’s made sense for me, and we’ve survived the temporary long distance. Each time, as luck would have it, Boyfriend has gotten his offer first and had to make a decision to stay before I had to make the decision to go. Each time the ball’s been in my court to decide between Boyfriend and my dream job. We’ve talked about…

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Eralon

DeMANding Work:  Is there a place for part-time?

This weekend I attended the Legally Female conference at Yale Law School. After hearing an amazing set of speakers and panelists and interacting with amazing women from across the country, I can't stop thinking about a question that was raised during one of the sessions. What is the limit of the part-time phenomenon? Can corporate litigators or criminal trial lawyers and others under huge time pressures really do their job effectively in a part-time situation? I guess the reason I keep thinking about this is because I just don't know. If there is a good answer, I haven't thought of…

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Manamana

Hi.  I’m an addict.

Confession time: I’m an email addict. Seriously. I have five email addresses that I constantly check most days (it tends to die down a little between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning). I think I probably spend most of my “working time” composing and answering emails, particularly since I have gone far enough into my law school career to be somewhat indifferent to reading for class. By the end of the week, I’m so sick of emailing that I have even been able to overcome my long-standing, deeply-rooted aversion to the phone, and starting ringing people up. Most of what is…

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Manamana

“The Opt-Out Myth” by E.J. Graff

Here's a very interesting article by E.J. Graff in the Columbia Journalism Review entitled "The Opt-Out Myth." It is partly a response to Lisa Belkin's article "The Opt Out Revolution" that came out in the New York Times magazine in 2003 and other similar articles that have been coming out on the topic (the Times, for instance, appears to feel compelled to publish such pieces every six months or so). "The Opt-Out Myth" highlights the problems with framing this topic in this way, and pushes back on some conventional wisdom that usually attends these discussions: "The moms-go-home story keeps coming…

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