Tag: politics + activism

The best and worst states for working moms: A whole lot of surprises | Thinking: Parent

Reading the results of today’s WalletHub study on the best and worst states for working moms, well let’s just say that this working mom’s eyes are wide open: 70% of moms with children under 18 are employed, so this is info that really impacts our country as a whole. There’s some great news in the study…and then some states that make me want to storm the governors’ offices and state legislatures, and go all Gloria Steinem on them. The WalletHub methodology is pretty fascinating, at least for a data nerd like me. (And for these purposes, let’s just establish that “working mom” means...

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How a new children’s book is helping Black families discuss police encounters.

Having “the talk” means something different to different families. Your mind may automatically go to the birds and the bees. But for thousands of Black families, it refers to essential conversations they’re having with their children — especially their sons — about encounters with the police. The tragic rise of unarmed Black men (and in some instances, unarmed Black children) tragically killed by police officers has inspired one mother to tackle this very tough subject through a children’s book. Her goal: to help families navigate “the talk.” And as a mother of two biracial children myself, I’m grateful. Momma, Did You Hear the News? by Sanya Whittaker Gragg is about a 10-year-old boy...

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21 fierce feminist Mother’s Day gifts for the mom who stays woke | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

All moms are fierce, no doubt about that. But if a mom in your life is a loud and proud fighter for equality, we’ve found some really fantastic feminist Mother’s Day gifts that will mean a whole lot to her. (Hey, as moms, we love when the people closest to us really get us.) So here are 21 of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas that send an empowering message of love and support to some of fiercest people we know. At top: Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace | Uncommon Goods CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 12 more wonderfully empowering Mother’s Day gifts for progressive moms Raging Feminist Mom mug...

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21 ways your family can volunteer for your own community. Small scale, big impact!

If your news feed has been dragging you down lately, take heart. Volunteerism is a great way to put that energy to positive use, and spring is the perfect time for you and your family to discover ways to volunteer for your own local community, Leslie Knope style. To help, I’ve put together tons of easy do-gooding activities that are high on fun and family bonding, big on impact, but low on long-term commitment. Fortunately, you don’t have to repurpose your living room to shelter stray cats or hand-craft a community swing set to make a difference (although if you’re up for it,...

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A fierce new shop supporting equality, inclusivity, and self-sufficiency for women everywhere. Hell yes!

As you may be well aware, women continue to have to fight for equal pay and equal rights, but there is great strength in numbers, as the Women’s March on Washington has shown us. When we work together, our power is great. That’s why I was so happy to see the new indie Etsy shop Damsel in Success. Related: 2 fantastic tees we’d wear even if they didn’t support the ACLU. But they do. The fierce brand was created by two women working in male dominated fields who wanted to send a positive message to themselves and women everywhere — that...

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How to help the Syrian victims: A comprehensive list of 20+ outstanding organizations.

If you’ve taken some time to watch the atrocious results of the chemical gas attack on Syrian citizens in the village of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib this week, I’m sure you’ve spent some time feeling as outraged and helpless and heartbroken as I have and wondering how to help the Syrian victims. Doing something positive has always made me feel somewhat less helpless, and gives me a constructive way to channel my feelings, even if it’s just donating a few dollars where I can. Two nights ago, I found a brilliant Twitter thread from Eeman Abbasi, a Muslim-American student at the University...

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Mom Up to let your representatives know Equal Pay Day needs to be every day.

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day which feels kind of empowering while it’s happening — and then honestly a little depressing the day after it’s over. Like, who’s still fighting for us? You may already be aware that the gender pay disparity disproportionately impacts working mothers. While white mothers make an average of 71 cents for every dollar white males make, African-American and Hispanic mothers make even less than their male counterparts. Honestly, it’s shameful.   Which is why we are loving a brand new campaign Mom Up America. Launched by The Mom Project, a digital platform that helps connect working women –particularly mothers — with excellent, often flexible work opportunities,...

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40 pregnant women in one prison forced to give birth in shackles and leg irons. Horrifying.

A new lawsuit, as reported by the Associated Press, alleges that more than 40 women have been forced to give birth in shackles in the Milwaukee County Jail over just the past six years. And the details are just horrifying. The plaintiff of this civil class action case was admitted for a 7-month sentence while pregnant. She was forced to endure all of her prepartum care in shackles, then give birth to her newborn baby while wearing a restraint called a belly chain, keeping her wrists tied to her waist, while her legs were attached with irons. Even as her own doctors and OBs demanded the...

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She Persisted: Chelsea Clinton’s new children’s book becomes a best-seller in one day.

It’s no surprise that She Persisted is now the title of an upcoming book about history-making American women. What’s more interesting though, is that it’s a book written for children, by none other than Chelsea Clinton. The phrase has certainly blown up over the past month, becoming a deeply personal mantra for women. It began back in February when the statement was first uttered — not as a compliment, but as as a scolding of Senator Elizabeth Warren after she was silenced in an attempt to read a letter from Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor during a hearing. Since then, I’ve seen those words on more than...

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16 fabulous, famous women coloring pages celebrating our favorite boss ladies.

One of the great ways to get our kids excited to learn about anything at all is through crafts and coloring pages. So for National Women’s History Month this year, we searched the web to find some of the very best printable coloring pages featuring groundbreaking American women. We tried to stick with really good renderings of the women; so these are more lifelike than cartoon-y. Also, wow. It was hard to stop at just 16. A follow-up may be in order! Some of these famous women coloring pages are free, and a few cost a little bit to support the...

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9 genius art prints that reimagine Disney princesses as woke AF

On the outside chance you have been hiding out in a yurt without access to technology for all of 2017, you know there’s been a massive revival of women protests this year and it’s pretty incredible to witness. Women and girls from all walks of life have been woke to activism — including now, it seems our very favorite Disney princesses. Well, at least in the mind of one artist. Inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, comic illustrator and artist Amanda Allen Niday reimagined what Disney princesses would say as women’s rights activists in these amazing Protest Disney Princesses prints. Related: Tons of empowering gift ideas for...

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Striking or not, here are 11 ways to honor International Women’s Day to make an impact long after March 8

This March 8 is International Women’s Day, and for many, it’s also become A Day Without A Woman, which is described as an action “for equity, justice, and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.” Plenty of women will wearing red as an easy way to recognize your fellow sisters on the street. Some will be attending peaceful, local Day Without A Woman gatherings Others will be blacking out social media, or refusing to shop. But a lot of the focus has been on the women choosing to strike, by taking the day off...

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An easy way to help more kids learn from real news, not fake news.

We’re big fans of supporting quality journalism, especially in this age of where fake news is running rampant. Because, facts matter. (Not that this is a big stake in the ground, mamas. I mean, is any normal person really like, “Whoo! Fake news! We need more of it!” Let’s hope not.) So when I learned about The New York Times Sponsor a Subscription Program, I was so excited to share this with other parents and educators who feel the same way. Related: 10 free educational online resources for curious kids that every parent should know. A donation of just $2–4 provides a free subscription...

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A clever RBG Dissent Pin that supports organizations doing good

I’m a super fan of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She’s an incredible, inspiring female role model for my girls and a serious badass too. Plus she can throw shade like nobody’s business. So when I found these RBG Dissent Pins honoring the Notorious RBG I immediately placed an order for myself and my daughters. Related: The Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring pages. Free, printable, and making history. Ameenah posing with her RGB dissent collar pin, via @dissentpins on IG This cool pin was created by Nick Jehlen and artist Caitlin Kuhwald, and inspired by the collar Justice Ginsburg wears over her robe on days she dissents on decisions being handed...

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Web coolness: A very Hamilton Valentine’s Day, support for U.S. Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad and more

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web. Hope you like them too.   On this week’s Spawned: Genius tips for raising kids to be better with money, from financial expert Beth Kobliner — including answers to our own listeners’ many questions about allowances. Valentine’s Day sneak up on you? We’ve got loads of Valentine’s Day gift ideas in our 2017 gift guide! Awesome ideas for Valentine’s Day treats for kids If you need to laugh, check out these 12 hilarious Valentine’s Day cards, like the Hamilton King George III Valentines Day card above from Jamie Fevre. Printable Valentine’s Day cards for Minecraft...

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6 wonderful children’s books about African-American pioneers your children may not know — yet

It’s safe to say that during Black History Month in particular, our children are learning all about our nation’s great civil rights leaders, like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks and Frederick Douglass. But, if you’ve seen (or, heck, even heard about) the film Hidden Figures, it’s been an awakening for a lot of parents and educators that there are so many more African-American pioneers who deserve the spotlight too. Even my mother-in-law, an 83-year-old Black woman, had never heard of Katherine Goble Johnson, Mary Jackson, or Dorothy Vaughan — the brilliant women who were instrumental in helping launch the first U.S. astronaut into orbit. Thankfully, that’s...

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Web coolness: Rosie the Riveter 2017 style, the next all-female movie we can’t wait to see, how to make Facebook fun again

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Love the Feb 6 New Yorker magazine cover…and the story behind the artist, Abigail Gray Swartz. How to argue intelligently and criticize with kindness. Know anyone who could use this? 5 ways to make Facebook fun again. We needed this! The things that change when you become a parent. (Like, not knowing any of the Oscar nominees. Ahem.) Can’t stop watching: 1000 musicians perform Smells Like Teen Spirit. Together. For the word nerds: Merriam-Webster + the ACLU debate the spelling of whoa. (Or is...

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What did Frederick Douglass do? This wonderful book helps kids find out.

This week, I am under the impression, for some reason, that lots of folks are searching for information on Frederick Douglass: Who was Frederick Douglass? What did he do that was so important? How did he earn a place in the new Smithsonian African-American history museum? If you’re a parent or educator, this is a good opportunity to rush to your local library, Amazon, or your local bookstore. Then check out the brand new biography picture book, Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History, by the late Walter Dean Myers. Related: 10 outstanding Black History Month books for kids of all...

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15 amazing Langston Hughes quotes to help start important discussions with your kids

Today marks not only the beginning of Black History Month, but the birthday of the beloved, brilliant, prescient poet Langston Hughes, who would have been 114 today. As with all essential writers throughout history, his words live on long past his death in 1967. In fact, so many Langston Hughes quotes, thoughts and lines from his poetry are as relevant today as they ever were. One of the things I like to do with my kids from time to time, is read them a quote then discuss it. It’s actually amazing how kids even as young as four or five can have some basic...

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9 lovely children’s books about the immigrant experience to help encourage more kindness and empathy.

I’m a child of an immigrant. And so I jumped at the chance to put together a list of some of my favorite children’s books about the immigrant experience. I know first-hand just how difficult it is for someone to get to America for a better life and work toward citizenship, let alone having to leave their homeland, family members, and the only life they’ve known behind, sometimes forever. With immigration a big topic in our country right now, our children are hearing about these issues too. They have so many questions, whether they’re watching the news with you, discussing it in...

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