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    Canada is much friendlier than the U.S. when it comes to working mothers

    Canadian and American flags at the U.S./Canada border March 1, in Pittsburg, N.H. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) Women in that country are more likely to work, and work longer hours, than their U.S. counterparts. However, neither Canada nor the United States has come close to closing the pay gap between men and women, a blemish on both countries’ gender equality records. (Canada ranks 18th among “very high human development countries” on this metric; the United States ranks 45th.) Looking at how many women are working is important because not too long ago, few were able to work outside the home at all. Though women were called to the factory floors during World Wars I…

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    The boom in self-employed working mothers is nothing to celebrate

    There’s been a boom in working mothers becoming self-employed in Britain. At first glance, that looks like a good solution to gaining flexible working hours and becoming your own boss. According to a new report by Kingston University and the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE), the number of mothers who are freelancing has doubled since 2008, to around 594,000. “These results show just how useful and important self-employment can be for women who want to work and spend time with their children,” said Corinne Stuart, IPSE’s head of commercial development. “In the last eight years, more women than ever before have recognized how invaluable the flexibility…

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    These Working Mothers Are Fighting To Break Down The Maternal Wall For Everyone

    Working Mother Well before the inception of Women’s History Month in 1987,  women have recognized the importance of organizing, rallying together and amplifying their voices to effect lasting change. The fortitude, tenacity, and courage of these women have paved the way for countless achievements in the 21st century.   Their legacy lives on in every working mother who wakes up every day determined to give her all both at home and the office. Undeterred by, but profoundly affected by it, working mothers set out to juggle the demands of domestic and professional life to the best of their ability.   While working mothers do their part to successfully navigate a complex array of…

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    New Zealand’s prime minister is pregnant, and that’s a big deal for working mothers

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is having a baby. Ardern made the announcement via Twitter on Friday morning, writing that she and her partner Clarke Gayford will “join the many parents who wear two hats.” SEE ALSO: Why everyone’s talking about New Zealand’s next Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern “I’ll be PM & a mum while Clarke will be ‘first man of fishing’ & stay at home dad. There will be lots of questions (I can assure you we have a plan all ready to go!) but for now bring on 2018,” she added. The announcement makes Ardern the second woman ever to give birth while in office in modern…

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    The BBC sent a heartless Christmas message to working mothers | Barbara Ellen | Opinion | The Guardian

    For those who’ve yet to see the BBC Christmas advert, Wonderland, the one that’s caused a furore, it’s a heartwarming tale of a harassed mother bunking off from work to hang out with her child, which, unwittingly, employs a somewhat unfestive good mum/bad mum narrative. Bad mum is first seen (selfishly) prioritising her career (translation: leaving for work) over her teenage son’s desperate yearning to hang out with her at a funfair. However, while bad mum is in the office, coldly neglecting her family, cackling evilly over her keyboard (I may be embellishing slightly here), she’s struck by a revelation (and some time-stopping gimmick) about “What Really Matters”, and runs…

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    Full-time working mothers: We need to make it easier

    Australian working mothers with children under five are stressed out  90 percent of the time. That shocking finding from Professor Lyn Craig, Director and Professorial Australian Research Council  Future Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales should serve as a slap in the face to anyone in charge of making policy decisions regarding working mothers in this country. Because for the approximately 132,000 Australian women currently living this pretty hellish scenario, Professor Craig’s results come as no surprise. The impact of long-term stress on women’s health has been well documented and working mothers are continually found to be at risk.  Stress affects absolutely every aspect of our lives…

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    Australian working mums are asking for help to cut back on booze, doctors say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Australian working mums are asking for help to cut back on booze, doctors say By national medical reporter Sophie Scott and the Specialist Reporting Team’s Mary Lloyd and Jenya Goloubeva Updated March 02, 2019 15:30:59 Leonie Moekette never thought of herself as a heavy drinker. Key points: “What I was drinking was no different to what my friends were drinking,” she said. She wasn’t out at bars and clubs. Instead, the mother of two from regional Victoria would start drinking beer around 5:00pm at home as a way to wind down. But having up to five drinks while at home with the kids began catching up with her. “There was…

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    Working mothers ‘up to 40% more stressed’ | Money | The Guardian

    They may have had more than a sneaking suspicion that it was the case, but now working mothers have the data to back it up: they are indeed more stressed than other people – 18% more, in fact. And that figure rises to 40% for those with two children, according to a major study that analysed 11 key indicators of chronic stress levels. Professor Tarani Chandola, of Manchester University, and Dr Cara Booker, Professor Meena Kumari and Professor Michaela Benzeval, of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Essex University, examined biological data taken by nurses from 6,025 participants in the UK Household Longitudinal Survey, the largest survey of…

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    Social Security official: Married working mothers hurt society, condoms rob women of “remarkable chemicals” in semen

    After the paper asked the Pennsylvania state government about “Patterson’s side job as editor,” he resigned and then-Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s “administration swiftly distanced itself from the views expressed in the journal he edits.” The Inquirer later reported: “Department officials said Patterson had decided to resign because he had been denied his request to remain the editor of the Family in America journal while working for the state.” (Patterson defended himself at the time by claiming “that The Inquirer distorted his views, and that his writings cited respected studies published elsewhere.”) SSA did not respond to a request for comment. Media Matters recently examined Patterson’s writings and found additional…