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Working Mother

Working Mother

October/November 2019

Working Mother supports and empowers today's working moms in their pursuit of sucess - however they define it. We celebrate the complexity, humor and richness inherent in being a real working mom. And we salute the joys of getting it right (most of the time) in the greatest balancing act of all.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
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6 Issues


2 min.
working mother

Editor-in-Chief MEREDITH BODGAS Group Creative Director CARA REYNOSO Deputy Editor AUDREY GOODSON KINGO Interim Senior Editor LAUREN BROWN WEST-ROSENTHAL Associate Editor MARICAR SANTOS Editorial Assistant QUINN FISH Integrated Design/Production Manager GLENN ORZEPOWSKI Copy Chief CINDY MARTIN Editor-at-Large BETTINA BUSH Interns ANNA CINCOTTA, CLAIRE LACY WORKING MOTHER MEDIA President SUBHA V. BARRY VP/Sales and Publisher JOAN SHERIDAN LABARGE Executive Sales Directors LAQUANDA MURRAY, JENNIFER SMYTH Senior Account Directors PEGGY L. BEANE, KATRINA CRAWFORD, GALE HOLLINGSWORTH, ALISA NADLER, FABIOLA ROMAN Associate Relationship Managers DONNICE PETERSON, ASHLEY SCARBORO Associate Publisher, workingmother.com OLIVIA KOPCHIK Campaign and Sponsorship Manager KYLIE WOODWARD VP, Marketing AMY BOURNE Senior Marketing Manager AMANDA GOTTLIEB Marketing Manager CASEY RUSSO Director, Business Operations LAUREN MACRI Assistant to the President ANNIE LIPTON WORKING MOTHER CONFERENCES AND EVENTS Executive Director JANET WIGFIELD Senior Events Program Managers JESSICA KRAMER, SHERTEASE WHEELER Senior Director, Operations and Logistics JACQUELINE TOZZI LABROCCA Associate Events Manager JOHN TORRENCE WORKING MOTHER RESEARCH INSTITUTE Executive Editor, co-Director BARBARA FRANKEL co-Director…

3 min.
the great divide

“Stellar organizations give dads the time and flexibility to be hands-on at home.” My husband, Paul, and I both work full time at very different jobs (he’s a sales engineer for a software company). But it’s our vastly different experiences as working parents that really stand out. He’s never bolted out of a meeting to make a beeline for the bathroom during a pregnancy nausea bout. He’s never had to pray he’s not leaking after squeezing in a quickie pump session. Plus, he and all his fellow working dads are simply more likely to be paid what they’re worth: Moms earn just 69 cents for every dollar fathers do. Infuriating. In some respects, though—and I know this is controversial—we working moms have it better than our male counterparts. Hear me out: Working…

1 min.
optimize your commute

NO MATTER HOW YOU GET THERE “Switching the news for quiet or classical music is an easy way to squeeze in self-care.”—Kelly Newsome Georges, self-care teacher for new parents“Pump.”—Laura Sherbin, managing director, Culture@Work IF YOU TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION “The more items I can cross off my personal to-do list during my commute—writing out thank-you cards, ordering birthday gifts, sending or requesting payments—the easier it is to focus on work while I’m in the office.”—Amanda Augustine, career expert for TopResume“Attack all the nonurgent emails that don’t require checking other documents.”—Cheryl Brody Franklin, college program director“I visualize upcoming meetings and think through the agenda for each of them.”—Subha Barry, president, Working Mother Media“On my way in, I identify what I must accomplish that day out of my competing priorities.”—Catherina Mogaka, managing director, JPMorgan Chase and…

3 min.
the new-mom job rut

THE DILEMMA An accommodating boss and three work-from-home days a week might sound like an ideal combination. But new mom Amanda Riego, a director of academic operations at a New York City university, feels she’s achieved all she can in this position. “I mostly manage day-to-day activities.” She’s considering leaving higher education for a more purpose-driven field with upward mobility. But she doesn’t know how—and worries she’d have to sacrifice her family-friendly hours. Even though nonprofits are “comfortable” for Amanda, corporate social responsibility⋆ (CSR) might give her all she’s seeking. “Finding a new career means telling your story very powerfully,” says certified executive coach Wokie Nwabueze, founder of the Seen & Heard Project. How can Amanda, who admits to losing herself since welcoming her daughter, transition? Here, Nwabueze helps with…

9 min.
accidental breadwinners

The prevalence of female breadwinners is on the rise. In 1967, only 16 percent of U.S. women were either single working moms or married mothers who earned more than their partners; by 2017, that number ballooned to 41 percent, according to the Center for American Progress. But achieving that primary-earning status isn’t always intentional. Maybe a spouse becomes unable to work due to illness or injury—or gets let go. In times of economic downturn, for example, more men might lose their jobs because they’re concentrated in industries such as manufacturing and construction. Women, however, are clustered in fields less susceptible to economic swing, such as education and healthcare. And look at stay-at-home-dad statistics: In 2016, dads made up 17 percent of all stay-at-home parents, up from 10 percent in 1989, according…

8 min.
the best 2020 presidential candidates for working parents

The race to become the next president has been unprecedented in the history of American politics. It’s chaotic; it’s overcrowded; it’s confusing. But it’s also an exciting time in our country, with candidates proposing bold initiatives asking us to rethink the very foundations of our society. Are we ready for guaranteed healthcare? Paid parental leave? Subsidized childcare for all? To help you sort out how those questions will affect working parents in the years to come, Working Mother asked the candidates for their positions on a host of issues. Here’s who they are, how they answered, and who’s worth parents’ contributions and votes. METHODOLOGY Working Mother editors and the Working Mother Research Institute joined forces to create a questionnaire that solicited candidates’ positions on issues that matter to working parents. Their answers…