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Career vs. Paycheck: The Working Mother Report

Working Mother summarized a recent study they conducted, in which they attempted to get a read on how working moms feel about their lives. The results may, or may not, surprise you.

By Melinda Dodd & Teresa Palagano

Working Mother asked working moms what they think about their lives. their spouse’s role in the family and all the rest. Our biggest surprise was finding out that how you think about work colors everything. If you consider your job a career then you seem to be happier with life as a whole. If you see it as a paycheck only, then you are less likely to be satisfied.  Maybe you agree or not...

...Now that more than half of the people on American payrolls are women, and moms are the primary or co-breadwinners in almost two thirds of all families, women like Alexandrea are transforming much more than open spaces. American families are under construction as we rethink who works, who stays home to care for the kids and why we work. To mark the 25th anniversary of the Working Mother 100 Best Companies initiative, we joined forces with Ernst & Young, IBM and Procter & Gamble to conduct a national survey that examines moms in the workplace. “What Moms Think: Career vs. Paycheck, The Working Mother Report’’ takes a hard look at how working moms are perceived—both how we see our own roles and how others see us. We heard from more than 4,600 people across the country, including working mothers, stay-at-home moms, working dads and singles in the workplace, who revealed the attitude adjustments that have taken place since our list debuted. The juggling, struggling, nurturing and negotiating that happen in our homes and in our offices are more complex—and important—than ever because how women in the workplace think and behave is reshaping our cultural landscape. Click here to read full article


Momasphere's Vokle Voyage and The Global Village

By Ellen Bari

Last week a cloud of volcanic ash over Europe precluded thousands of travelers from getting home, reminding us just how big the world really is without air travel. At the other end of the spectrum, here in New York, my partner Melissa Lopata and I, experienced the power of the global village and found ourselves inviting total strangers into our homes. Virtually, that is, and I might add quite unexpectedly.

It all started with a test, not of the ’emergency broadcasting system’ but of Vokle, a new web-based interactive conferencing technology that we were pioneering for our first live video event.  We learned by default, that the system is public. That is, once you start an event, anyone can join from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection. As we were struggling with what seemed to be a bad connection with our conference leader and host, Cathy Greenberg PhD, happiness expert extraordinaire, we were a little concerned that our lack of mastery of the technology was testing Cathy’s happiness nerves.

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