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If you don't have time to watch the news or read the paper every day, don't worry, we are keeping up with current events for you. Our Newsdesk editor, longtime journalist and mother of three, Meredith O'Brien, is the author of A Suburban Mom: Notes from the Asylum, writes the parenting/lifestyle blog Picket Fence Post and pens our popular Moms in Pop Culture & Politics column. Follow Meredith on Twitter: @MeredithOBrien

MIT Vows to Improve Female Tenure Rate

While a report in the Boston Globe found that “just one of the 25 faculty members granted tenure this year at MIT is female,” MIT officials say they’re working to do a better job. more

Ohio Lawmakers Debate Maternity Leave Mandates

A group of

Ohio
legislators
told the state’s Civil Rights Commission to revamp its proposed unpaid, 12-week, maternity leave mandate that would apply to Ohio businesses with four or more employees, saying that the proposal is too financially onerous, particularly on local governments. (December 2007) more

Michelle Obama: ‘Women are Frustrated.’

During another in a series of campaign stops in New Hampshire, Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama, called a recent meeting with fellow working moms “therapeutic” and said there needs to be a more honest discussion about the challenges of doing paid work during one’s child-rearing years. "We haven't taken a total conversation about family values seriously. more

Medium, Old Christine Return in January

NBC’s supernatural drama “Medium,” featuring Emmy winner Patricia Arquette as a mom of three who helps the Phoenix district attorney solve crimes by communing with ghosts, returns for a new season on January 7 on Mondays at 10 p.m., Entertainment Weekly reported. Meanwhile over on CBS, the sophomore sitcom “The New Adventures of Old

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CNN’s Brown Dishes About the News and Her Pregnancy

Dec, 1 2007

CNN’s Campbell Brown, who’s pregnant with her first child, not only recently quizzed candidates during a presidential debate, but appears on the cover of the next issue of Pregnancy Magazine where she dishes on the challenges of starting her own news program while becoming a new mom. (December 2007) more

Coaching While Gestating

The University of Maryland women’s basketball coach, Brenda Frese, who is pregnant with twins, had to miss a few of her team’s first games because her doctors didn’t want her to fly to California 25 weeks into her pregnancy. The

Baltimore
Sun
reported on how Frese has been trying to balance her coaching job’s demands with the strain of a twins pregnancy. (December 2007) more

Glamour’s Women of the Year

Among the 14 women honored in Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year issue, are several working moms, including actress Jennifer Garner, “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes, Elizabeth Edwards and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. When asked how she manages work and motherhood, Garner told the magazine: “I just had a year off where I put every spoonful of food into [Violet’s] mouth. Now I’m working and though I’m usually with her more hours than not, some days I just can’t be. more

‘More of Me:’ Movie Says You Can’t Have It All. And That’s Okay

Lifetime TV is currently airing an original movie, “More of Me,” starring comedian Molly Shannon about a working mom who is stressed to the max. She cannot handle trying to be the perfect career woman who manages work crises with aplomb, the perfect wife who celebrates her 10th wedding anniversary in style AND the perfect mom who volunteers in her children’s classrooms and makes great crafts. So she splits – literally – into three separate people who each attempt to take on the three distinct roles more

Asking for Help Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Independent

It’s a myth that in order to be considered self-sufficient you can’t seek help, so says a recent feature in The Tennessean about working moms who often need a hand with child care. "Women have been socialized to be the people who take care of others," Janet Belsky, a psychology professor at

Middle
Tennessee
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Gen X Moms ‘Dance a Delicate Line

An Indiana TV station recently profiled several mothers who “are getting creative as they search for the perfect balance” as Gen X moms have forced the issue of work-life stability “into the mainstream.” (November 2007) more

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