Work:life Balance

Flexible work arrangements and policies that address caregiving roles result in paybacks for both employers and employees. Research shows that employees with a satisfying work/life balance are more productive, creative, innovative and motivated at work and are less likely to leave their positions. Flexibility also encourages gender diversity in the workplace by easing the way for women to stay on their chosen career tracks while providing caregiving to children and family members or pursuing other interests and responsibilities.

Looking to Women in America for Solutions

*By Kate Meyer

Last week Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal, General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, hosted a White House Webchat to highlight findings from the recently released report Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being. Here at NCRW we were thrilled to see Jarrett and Bansal advocating for the same policies and programs that are on our agenda.

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Access to Paid Sick Days Less Common Among Workers of Color

Research & Action Report, Fall/Winter 2010

The Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Research & Action Report includes a Q&A with Nancy Marshall, Ed.D. outlining recent trends around work and family balance. "It used to be men who were expected to be married to their jobs; now it's women and men. And it's much harder to deal with work/family issues when you never leave work," says Marshall, senior associate director and research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). The full article is available online.


Ask A Working Woman Survey 2010: Working America and AFL-CIO

 Working America and the AFL-CIO recently launched the 2010 Ask a Working Woman survey. A similar survey has been done every 2 years, and in 2008, the survey illicited 12,000 responses - a number Working America and AFL-CIO would like to match this year.

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NATIONAL PARENTS' DAY FORUM: Recognizing Caregivers

July 24, 2009 posted by Amy Sueyoshi*

This Sunday (July 26) while others will be celebrating National Parent’s Day, I will be honoring my ancestors at the San Francisco Buddhist Temple Obon Festival. Though I have no children of my own, I am, perhaps ironically, the god parent of my Catholic niece and nephew and have played a parental role for my immigrant mother since the day I could speak English. While I recognize the need to honor people who have their own children, I long for a world where we can embrace and respect all types of families and networks of care in which we willingly (but more often unwillingly) become involved.

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NATIONAL PARENTS' DAY FORUM: Don’t forget about non-custodial parents!

July 26, 2009 posted by Rebekah Spicuglia*

National Parents Day, unlike the heavily promoted and merchandised Mother’s and Father’s Days that by their very nature tend to reflect gendered expectations around parenting, really broadens the discussion of family in all its diversity. Today’s celebration is inclusive, celebrating ALL parents, and without a strict definition of mom+dad+baby=family. So we are not excluding same-sex couples, single parents, noncustodial parents, step-parents, extended families, or anyone who might sometimes feel left out of traditional holidays framed around out-dated expectations of how most children are parented.

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NATIONAL PARENTS' DAY FORUM: Update! Rebekah Spicuglia on The Today Show

Earlier this week Rebekah Spicuglia, non-custodial parent advocate extraordinaire, blogged for us as part of our National Parent’s Day forum.  This morning, she appeared on The Today Show.  Check out the video and send Rebekah some love here in comments.

July 29, 2009


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