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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 Interviews Sharon Lerner, Author of The War On Moms: On Life in a Family Un-Friendly Nation

Momasphere recently caught up with award-winning journalist and author Sharon Lerner. Ms. Lerner’s new book, The War on Moms: On Life in a Family Un-Friendly Nation tells overworked, stressed-out American moms two things: that they're not alone, and they're not to blame.  According to Ms. Lerner, working and non-working American mothers are pressed for time and money, unable to find decent affordable childcare, and wracked with guilt at falling short of the mythic supermom ideal. In short, we have it harder today than they have in decades, and we’re worse off than many of our peers around the world. Momasphere will be hosting the author's first Brooklyn The War On Moms book launch, which will include a riveting panel discussion on Thurs, May 13.


Momasphere: You say in the introduction of the book, that in this country, women and families are under a ‘full-on attack.’ This problem is certainly not new. Was there a specific incident that propelled you to write this book?

Sharon Lerner: It was more of a gradual process. I knew I wanted to write about women, and I knew I didn’t want to rehash the same subjects, particularly the subject of whether we should work or stay home. It seemed to me that there were problems with both options, so I decided to look at the larger policy context that frames those options.

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Mama Wants a Brand-New Job: Mothers in the Reccession

Photo courtesy of Brain Child Magazine

This is Momasphere's first excerpt from Brain,Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, one of our favorite literary publications for moms. All attendees at our next event, Thursday May 13, 2010- inaugural book launch and fascinating panel discussion of Sharon Lerner's new book The War on Moms, which deeply probes the issues affecting all working families today- will receive a free copy of the spring edition of the magazine.

The author, Katy Reid, who has worked part time for many years and is now looking for steadier employment, explores the current recession employment landscape, and its impact on moms. From those who have managed to create new businesses after being downsized to others struggling to make ends meet, Katy looks at the options available to a wide spectrum of moms, some of the choices we’re making and how we're coping with the new work world order. 

By Katy Read

In unexpected ways, the Great Recession has been good for Amy Stone. Oh, not the fact that her family has had to slash expenses: downscaling the cable and cell-phone plans, cutting back on restaurant meals, dropping their dental coverage. And certainly not the fact that her husband was laid off and, though he has a new job, is now making $50,000 less than he formerly earned.

But for Stone, the hard times have presented an opportunity to build a business doing work she loves to do: creating handmade baby gifts, ceramic baby hand and feet impressions, murals, jewelry, pottery—basically offering her artistic talents “to anyone who has an idea.”

Stone, a former FedEx executive who took a buyout to be a stay-at-home mother—she now has two daughters: one four years old, the other eighteen months—has an art degree. Click Here To Read Complete Article on Brain Child.

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