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Mothers: A Time for Balance
Celebrating Moms

shimJoan Blades, Helen Grieco & Joan Williams

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Listen to this revealing in-studio conversation with Joan Blades of and along with Helen Grieco of Common Cause and NOW. Joan Williams, law professor and co-author of What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Every Woman Should Know, also joins us by phone. During this Mother's Day time, hear about the challenges women face in balancing time, work and motherhood. You'll learn first-hand:

  • why the co-founder of MoveOn created
  • what California NOW has done to help mothers
  • how The Center for Work/Life Law has impacted discrimination
  • the juggling act of striving for work-life balance
  • how mothers are discriminated against in hiring and on the job
  • why it is crucial to have mothers in positions of leadership
Featured Guests
Joan Blades Joan Blades is a co-founder of Move On and Moms Rising, as well as Living Room Conversations – an open source effort to rebuild respectful civil discourse while embracing core shared values. She is co-author of "The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When Where and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line" – winner of a Nautilus book award, and “The Motherhood Manifesto”, which won the 2007 Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize. She is a mediator (attorney) by training, as well as a nature lover, artist, and activist.
Helen Grieco currently works for Common Cause and formerly served as Executive Director of the California National Organization for Women – having been involved in leadership within NOW for over twenty years. She is considered an expert on safety, health, and equal opportunities for women, and has produced documentaries and training videos. Grieco hosted Her Side radio show and founded Brave People and the SHE Academy.
Joining Us by Phone
Joan Williams is a distinguished law professor U.C. Hastings. She is an expert on work/family issues, is the co-author of "What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Every Woman Should Know" (forthcoming NYU Press, 2014) with her daughter, Rachel Dempsey. Williams is the Founding Director of The Center for WorkLife Law (WLL) and has played a leading role in documenting workplace bias against mothers. Her work focuses on social psychology and on how work/family conflict affects so many families.
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Recommended Resources

Mother's Day Event: Women Standing for Peace


Alliance of Work/Life Progress


The Center for Work and Family at Boston College

The Council on Contemporary Families

The Labor Project for Working Families

Mothers and More

The National Partnership for Women and Families

New Ways to Work

Project for Attorney Retention (PAR)

Wider Opportunities for Women

Words to 'Google'

Flex-time Moms
Mothers in the Workplace
Networks for Working Mothers
Mothers and Jobs

Pathways to Peace
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