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Underpaid by Law – A Waitress’s Story

Underpaid by Law – A Waitress’s Story

| December 14, 2012

The author, who struggles to pay her bills serving tables while launching her career as a journalist, describes the day to day results of the federally mandated subminimum wage. More »

The Parable of Bedrock’s Fiscal Cliff

The Parable of Bedrock’s Fiscal Cliff

| December 7, 2012

If Wilma can teach Fred Debtstone that Bedrock’s national deficit is nothing to fear, could there be hope for the U.S. Congress? More »

Default Assumptions—The Science Behind the Bias

Default Assumptions—The Science Behind the Bias

| November 5, 2012

Unless we actively resist, unconscious bias can influence important decisions—especially those made in the voting booth, as science writer KC Cole explains. More »

My Life in a Binder

My Life in a Binder

| October 24, 2012

The author, after three decades maneuvering through corporate America, writes about what it means to be one of a binder full of women, and how to break free. More »

New York’s Firefighting Women

New York’s Firefighting Women

| October 8, 2012

Women firefighters have served New York City for 30 years, but their numbers are still tiny in comparison to men. Recently a pioneer among them, Brenda Berkman, examined why. More »

Who’s Really Taking Responsibility in America?

Who’s Really Taking Responsibility in America?

| October 3, 2012

Working families advocate Ellen Bravo takes a look at a proud member of the 47 percent, a life-long Republican who has her own advice for Mitt Romney. More »

DNC Platform—Reaching for a New Normal

DNC Platform—Reaching for a New Normal

| September 6, 2012

The author, who last week analyzed the potential impact on women of the policies outlined in the Republican National Platform, here turns to the Democratic statement of principles. More »

2012 DNC: A View from the Maryland Women’s Caucus

2012 DNC: A View from the Maryland Women’s Caucus

| September 5, 2012

The author, founder of Legalspeaks.com, finds the essence of diversity within the Maryland delegation to the Democratic National Convention. More »

Rashida Jones Creates a Thinking Woman’s Romantic Comedy

Rashida Jones Creates a Thinking Woman’s Romantic Comedy

| August 3, 2012

With partner Will McCormack, Rashida Jones writes a role for herself that defies the clichés of the genre, in Celeste and Jesse Forever, a film which opens today in New York and Los Angeles. More »

“Having it All?”—The Wrong Question for Most Women

“Having it All?”—The Wrong Question for Most Women

| June 26, 2012

As it has done at least once a decade for the past 40 years, the media seems intent on pitting women against each other in a "Having it All" debate about work inside and outside the home. Author and organizer Ellen Bravo explains why the discussion defies reality. More »