Today The Revolution Begins

  We had a few hours to kill in Salt Lake City on Monday, after skiing and before the airport. Fiddling with the radio in the tiniest rental car ever invented, a rock station cut out from its playlist for an excerpt from a Martin Luther King, Jr. speech. We parked and stopped, and just listened. Listened to words so acutely …

Vanessa McGradyToday The Revolution Begins

A Manifesto on Egg Freezing and Work-Life Balance

It’s hard to be mad at a benefit that promotes a reproductive choice for women, but the context is infuriating. Here’s my Jezebel manifesto, of sorts, of why it’s just not enough.

Vanessa McGradyA Manifesto on Egg Freezing and Work-Life Balance
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Three Things Making Me Mad & One Hilariously Sad Thing

1. This. Does this Jon Benet and the Chocolate Factory cover need any further explanation? What was Random House’s approval process on this new release of an iconic children’s classic? I betcha there wasn’t one mom or dad with a young kid on the creative team for this one. Unless Patsy Ramesy was somehow involved. 2. That a spectrum of truly …

Vanessa McGradyThree Things Making Me Mad & One Hilariously Sad Thing
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Hey! Democrats! Over here!

This morning on NPR, wonky types lamented the fact that their most elusive target voting group, single women, were not coming out for local elections. We ladies are not joiners, they said. We’re supportive to the Democratic party, but not getting out to vote. It’s really quite simple math. I have a full-time job and primary custody of my nearly 3-year-old. …

Vanessa McGradyHey! Democrats! Over here!

Don’t be too quick to ban ‘bossy’

Yesterday, Grace had been talking all morning about building sand castles, so we loaded up her various shovels, pails and tools and headed to the playground. When we got there, we left her equipment in a pile in the sand before we detoured to the swings. We got back about five minutes later, and some older girls — maybe 5 …

Vanessa McGradyDon’t be too quick to ban ‘bossy’
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Spirit: Big Fat Lies Moms Believe OR How to Break Free From Your Inner Critic

Today’s post comes from Amy Ahlers, a certified life coach and author of Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves: Ditch Your Inner Critic and Wake Up Your Inner Superstar.  When I became a mom I also became more self‐critical. It was as if when I gave birth to my daughter, I also gave birth to a new clan of Inner …

Vanessa McGradySpirit: Big Fat Lies Moms Believe OR How to Break Free From Your Inner Critic

Work: How to Balance Career and Family (Hint: Maybe You Can’t)

We were raised around a bunch of women who were tired of being directed to secretarial school when they expressed career aspirations. They were tired of having their fannies slapped. They were tired of of biology getting in the way. So they worked really hard AND raised families. They demanded to wear pants and went on The Pill. They indoctrinated …

Vanessa McGradyWork: How to Balance Career and Family (Hint: Maybe You Can’t)