Two Cents
Leslie Morgan Steiner is the editor of the best-selling anthology Mommy Wars and the brand new memoir Crazy Love. Steiner is a frequent guest on the Today Show, MSNBC, and regularly contributes to The New York Times, Newsweek and Vanity Fair. She lives with her husband and 3 kids in Washington, DC.  In this column, she will offer her Two Cents on issues relating to modern motherhood. 

Why It's Hard to Be an American Girl Today

Yikes. Being a girl today is hard work.

Those of us who were once teenage girls know firsthand there is no creature on earth as critical and perfectionistic as a teenage girl. However, our squeaky clean friends at The Dove Self-Esteem Fund have collected astounding data quantifying precisely how challenging it is to be a girl in American today. more

Are Housekeepers Heroes?

People who frequent the blogosphere love to argue about women’s equality and lack thereof, at home and at work, and to dissect hot-button subjects like equal pay and gender discrimination, who changes the diapers and who takes out the trash, in our relationships and in society at large. more

Cigarettes, Booze and Kids

Two Sundays ago, I picked up my nine-year-old daughter from a girly girl sleepover birthday party at her friend Jo-Jo’s, five minutes from our house. In addition to her rumpled pink sleeping bag, my daughter left the host’s front door carrying a purple balloon and a goodie bag filled with unicorn stickers. more

Too Young for a Cell Phone?

At a recent school fair – you know, the type with a moon bounce, funnel cakes, and kids running around tipsy with glee to be off-leash for a few hours -- my nine-year-old daughter strutted around with a puzzling pink cell phone sticking out of her front pocket. The phone looked familiar, I realized, because it was my old cell, dead for at least three years. She’d snitched it from my messy office desk drawer. more

The Big Nine

Bear with me for a brief but essential women’s history lesson. In 1972, at the peak of the women’s rights movement, US Congress passed legislation known as Title IX. Title Nine outlawed sex discrimination in federally financed education programs - in simple terms, it became illegal for schools that received government funding to spend more on programs for boys than girls. more

Moms Who Kill Their Kids

It’s the motherlode of motherhood’s darkest topics, guaranteed to make you recoil even if you have personal familiarity with miscarriage, infertility, birth defects, stillborn infants or child abuse: moms who kill their own kids. more

Blinded by Mother Love.

At times our cultural angst reveals itself on the front pages of our national newspapers. Last Friday, USA Today presented its 3.3 million daily readers with a front page story about tween girls titled “Growing Up Fast, But With Less Independence” as part of its week-long, dramatically-titled “Saving Childhood” series. more

Ferragamo Farewell.

Twenty years ago, a dress changed my life. I was living a modern-day Cinderella nightmare. The villain: my physically abusive husband. Instead of worrying some prince would never rescue me, I agonized over how to leave my pseudo soulmate without dropping out of the MBA program I needed to secure a future free of bruises and erratic terror. more

Walmart Women.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court took on the biggest employment discrimination case in history. The landmark suit pitted the country’s largest private employer, Walmart, against roughly 1,500,000 of its current and former female workers. more

Our Daughters, Ourselves.

On vacation recently, I caught up with an old friend who lives several states away. We raised our toddlers together, long ago. more

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