The Shriver Report – Valerie Young

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Valerie Young

Valerie Young represents the National Association of Mothers’ Centers (NAMC) and its netroots public policy MOTHERS Initiative in Washington, D.C. She is an advocate for recognition of mothers’ contributions to our national welfare and a proponent of economic security and independence for those who care for family members.

Trained as an attorney, Valerie analyzes state and national legislative action through the lens of motherhood, educating policy makers and others who work on issues pertinent to women. Valerie advises on developments in the political arena, demystifying the political process and encouraging the personal activism of mothers and other family caregivers.

Gender Equality Is a Myth!
By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.  → Read More
Mamas in Da House!
The recent primary election brought the usual flood of campaign literature pouring through my letter slot. I had nearly tossed the pile into the recycling bin when I noticed something AMAZING. There was a large color photo of a Hispanic woman holding two tiny kids. The text began “As a mother of two children…” and was an endorsement for quality pre-K. It hit me – SHE was the candidate, and she was claiming her identity as a mother in her campaign for the state legislature.  → Read More
The White House Summit on Working Families: Real Conversations about Real Families
If you’ve ever closed your eyes in utter defeat and frustration –
if you’ve ever not managed to be in two places at once –
if you’ve ever felt like a failure both as a mom or dad, and as an employee –
…. The White House Working Families Summit was the place for you on Monday June 23.  → Read More
See Mom Run: Why We Should Vote for More Moms
Imagine your typical candidate for public office. Just call up the first picture that comes to mind. What do you see? Is it a guy? A younger person or an older one? White? Yeah, I thought so. Me, too. But I’m starting to change my mind. I’m envisioning a younger woman, and one with kids.  → Read More
#BringBackOurGirls – How to Help Women Around the World
Most of the time it’s the problems of mothers here in the United States that absorb my attention. But every once in a while, I lift my eyes up and look farther away on the horizon. It’s the news from Nigeria that concerns me now. What’s happening to those young teens, stolen in the night from their school, now held hostage, scared, threatened, cut off from their families.  → Read More
Stop Telling Women a Lack of Confidence Is What’s Holding Them Back
There’s a media storm going on about whether women are limited by sexism in our culture or by our own failure to push ourselves forward enough, hindered by self-doubt and persistent feelings of insecurity. If we only behaved with the same self-assurance that men have, we wouldn’t be derailed by motherhood, nor stymied by discrimination in the workplace.  → Read More
Motherhood Under the Microscope: What the Latest Research Reveals
The study of motherhood is critical social science with meaning for women and public policy makers. Both will find the latest Pew Research is an illuminating essay about who we are and what we are doing.  → Read More
Women: America’s Most Underutilized Resource
The income women bring home has changed how we live, what we buy, and improved our quality of life. For once, credit is being given for their power and effort as valuable economic actors. However, we remain a very long way from realizing the full potential of this half of the population.  → Read More
Giving Women Suffragists Their Due
Everything I know about how women got the right to vote in this country began with a movie called “Iron-jawed Angels”. It struck me that there must be a connection between women’s fight for the vote being swept under the rug of history and our ongoing struggle for equality in this country.  → Read More
March is Women’s History Month: Here’s What You Can Do
As February rolls over into March, the resentment always comes. March, it seems, is women’s history month. We have to have a month, because our many contributions to and particular experiences in this great American experiment are largely excluded from the common narrative of history. So, women get a month to be the featured conversation, the focus of the display in the public library, the subject of 30 second public service announcements on TV.  → Read More
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