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Sunday Night News: June 29, 2014


Welcome to Brain, Child’s Sunday night news update where we look at issues impacting women and children. Tonight we hear from Your (Wo)Man in Washington, Valerie Young of the National Association of Mothers’ Centers:

Mothers and families got their 15 minutes of fame this week in Washington with the White House’s Working Families Summit.  It was a long, full day of speeches and panel discussions with lots of Q&A and audience participation, rather a raucous affair for the usually restrained Executive Branch.

The New America Foundation’s Weekly Wonk enewsletter put out this collection of short summaries by notable attendees.  I had a piece appear in The Shriver Report.  Betsey Stevenson and her crew at the Council of Economic Advisers released this very  handy Nine Facts About American Families and Work which succinctly explains how we’ve changed and why our policies need to change too.

There’s nothing remarkable about this piece, except that it was written by a man.  I suppose we’ll have achieved real equality when no one publishes, and no one reads, this kind of essay because it will be routine and typical it will not stand out.  In the meantime, I liked it.  My Apology to Stay-At-Home Moms.

When they tell you we know longer need feminism, because men and women are now treated equally in American society, don’t believe ’em.  When they tell you there is no implicit bias against motherhood making women less capable, less competent, and less committed, don’t believe ’em.  When you think that merit and qualifications might just control the outcome….read this and weep:  Matt Lauer asks sexist questions of female CEO

Valerie Young writes about news at the intersection of motherhood and public policy. Follow her on Facebook at Your (Wo)Man in Washington, and on Twitter @WomanInDC, and find a weekly blog post at

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