The Shriver Report – working mothers

Special Edition

Are We Approaching the Idea of “Work-Life Balance” All Wrong?
“How have you been?” That’s the universal question that comes from a chance encounter at a grocery store or kid’s baseball game with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. How do you respond?  → Read More
What Women Need
Is This the Key to Helping Women Get Ahead?
For all the women who are succeeding at starting and growing companies, assuming leadership roles, successfully navigating career changes, we know there’s a large segment of women struggling to find a path forward in this fast moving, technology-driven landscape that is our modern day reality. For women who have stepped away from their careers to raise a family, reduced their hours, or found themselves in the midst of a reduction in force, the struggle to gain footing as they try to re-enter the workforce or find new jobs can be overwhelming.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink
Why Are American Moms Maxed Out and on the Brink?
From the outside, it appeared that Katrina Alcorn was “doing it all.” She had three healthy kids, a loving husband and a growing career. Then one day in 2009 while driving to Target to buy diapers, it all came to a crashing halt when she had a breakdown. As she battled her way through crippling depression and tried to heal, she wondered how other women – many others with less supportive bosses, less engaged spouses and lower paychecks – were managing it. As she began talking to other women and listened to their stories of migraines, depression and anxiety, she realized they weren’t. Like her, many were just hanging on by a loose thread.  → Read More
What Women Need
The Gender Wage Gap: What To Do If You Think You Aren’t Being Paid Fairly
We have read the stories and statistics about the gender wage gap, and that despite the many strides women have made in the workforce, women only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick fix to this issue, but we had a very enlightening conversation with employment attorney Christopher Davis, partner at Stoll, Glickman & Bellina, and he shared what you can do if you think you aren’t being paid fairly, with and without the assistance of an attorney.  → Read More
What Women Need
Cinderella’s Guide to Financial Independence
I recall the first phone conversation I had with a potential client. A husband, dad, and CEO of a successful company, he asked me to provide financial advice for his family. During our talk, I shared what we would cover during our face-to-face appointment that would take place the following week. “I look forward to meeting your wife,” I said.
“Oh, she doesn’t have to be there because I take care of all the finances,” he said. Clearly, this is an extreme case of a woman putting her financial well-being in someone else’s hands.  → Read More
What Women Need
A New America that Cares
Throughout its history, America has continued to reinvent itself, each time producing a better society for more of us than the one that preceded it. Reconstruction improved on the pre-Civil War republic. The New Deal created a “new America” that was a great improvement on the Gilded-Age America. The civil rights movement generated legislation guaranteeing the equality promised in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  → Read More
What Women Need
What Are the Tools Needed to Do It All?
So many of us have spent precious time reaching for the stars, or leaning in to our careers, that we’ve forgotten how to construct a firm ground to stand on. Sadly, we often don’t have that luxury. Working full time, feeding and educating our children, caring for our parents while acting as the primary provider has left us in a vulnerable position of floating too close to the edge. Ascending that ladder to success, and learning how to dress for it once we’re there, has sent us to a satellite far away from our base. So little time, relatively speaking, is spent finding solutions as to how we can solidify ourselves, financially, emotionally and spiritually so that we don’t feel one job, one paycheck, one relationship and one prayer away from a stratospheric disaster. Houston, we have a problem.  → Read More
A New Mom Going Back to Work in the New Year? 10 Tips to Help you Pump at Work
Working motherhood has long involved a trade-off that is painful for many: breastfeed, or go back to work. Today, many working mothers have a third choice: go back to work and bring your breast pump with you.  → Read More
Mum is exactly like Dad Except Better at Legos
If our one-year-old could say more than, “dad” or “mum” he would tell you that mum is the same as dad, except she creates better Lego towers. This is not by chance, but by design, and a lot of team work. We love our son more than life itself, but neither of us could imagine giving up our careers to become a stay at home parent. Balance was needed to make sure we were the best parents we could be, but that we also continued driving toward our career goals and pursuing our passions.  → Read More
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