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No government can love a child, and no policy can substitute for a family’s care. But at the same time, government can either support or undermine families as they cope with moral, social and economic stresses of caring for children.
~Hillary Rodham Clinton
It’s not enough to make time for your children. There are certain stages in their lives when you have to give them the time when they want it. You can’t run your family like a company. It doesn’t work.
Family, religion, friends.. these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.
By Orlando on December 2, 2013
Windgap Foundation has partnered with Eastside Radio 89.7FM, theatre professionals and DJs to develop the ‘Making Airwaves’ project, an opportunity for people with an intellectual disability to learn radio presentation and production skills, creating their own radio show to be aired on International Day of People with Disability, 3 December 2013.
By Orlando on October 23, 2013
As a follow-up to Ada Lovelace Day, a series of photos in the Guardian of “Inspiring Women in Science and Technology”. Please find within it a picture of my wonderful, brilliant friend Lauren, who does remarkable things with exotic plants at Kew gardens, along with thirteen other women working in STEM fields. Related posts: Friday [...]
By Orlando on September 13, 2013
This month, Dublin City Council voted to name the new bridge over the river Liffey ‘Rosie Hackett Bridge’. This was in response to a huge campaign from Dubliners, mostly women, who felt Rosie was due a decent and long-lasting public memorial. All of the 16 previously existing bridges in the city are named after men. Rosie Hackett was a pioneering trade unionist who co-founded the Irish Women Workers’ Union (IWWU) in 1911.
By Orlando on September 2, 2013
From Allison Benedikt at Slate comes this delightfully provocatively phrased piece, “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person”. This seems like a conversation that is worth having.
By blue milk on August 30, 2013
I see that as long as any kind of social transfer is involved rich women are as capable of “getting themselves pregnant” as teenage girls are claimed to be. Because conception is something that women and girls do to themselves, presumably by deliberately and irresponsibly walking through a cloud of anonymous, minding-its-own-business sperm somewhere. Apparently, [...]
By Orlando on August 23, 2013
The new documentary I Am A Girl is about to screen, briefly, in Sydney and Melbourne. The film gives six teenage girls, each in a different country, the space to speak of their lives.
By tigtog on May 15, 2013
How did a day that grew from West Virginian Mothers’ Work Days from 1858 onwards (where mothers worked together to improve their community), and Mothers’ Friendship Days from 1865 (to promote harmony between former opponents in the Civil War), become what we celebrate now as Mother’s Day?
See the difference that apostrophe position makes?
Posted in gender & feminism, language, relationships, social justice, work and family | Tagged activism/charity, blast from the past, consumerism, motherhood, trivialisation, workers rights, working mothers | 2 Responses
By Orlando on May 8, 2013
From my friend Mel, an Aussie living in Philadelphia:
Adults who give children guns are as bad as adults who give children porn.
By blue milk on April 29, 2013
Alexandra Carlton has an article in The Age this weekend, “The retro housewife” that proves it is just as possible to build a faux phenomenon in Australia around smart women dropping off the career ladder to become domestic over-achievers as it is to build that case in the United States, though this piece is more [...]
By Orlando on February 25, 2013
Theatre director & writer Roslyn Oades is currently researching a new theatre project exploring the experiences of 18 and 80 years, and what can be learnt from these two very different viewpoints.The first stage of the project (Feb-June 2013) will focus on the 80 year and over age group. Roslyn is currently looking for interested community members to participate in conversation groups as well as community workers who may be able to assist her in this process.
By Mindy on October 11, 2012
If you raise these issues when Gillard is riding high, you are accused of trying to bring her down. If you raise the issue when Gillard is trailing in the polls you are accused of trying to destroy her chances. If you raise these issues when everything is going smoothly then you are accused of rocking the boat.
By blue milk on October 4, 2012
You won’t agree with everything in this book no matter which direction of parenting you’re coming from, Valenti acknowledges that, but it is taking the mainstream conversation about parenting to a meatier level and it’s about time that happened.
By blue milk on September 28, 2012
You must read this wonderful essay in aeon magazine from economist, John Quiggin – “The Golden Age: The 15-hour working week predicted by Keynes may soon be within our grasp – but are we ready for freedom from toil”. Quiggin takes Keynes’ theory and in this essay fixes up some of the old oversights by [...]
Posted in economics, environment, ethics & philosophy, gender & feminism, history, parenting, relationships, social justice, work and family | Tagged childcare, division of labour, economic rationalism, equity, Keynes FTW | 8 Responses