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Your Guide to Avoiding Election Day Snafus

IT’S HERE! Election Day is today (November 6th!) and it’s time to get out there and vote! It can be enough of a challenge just getting to the polls today, but it’s so important. Make sure that you have everything you need this election day to make your voting experience go smoothly.

Find out:

  • What’s on your ballot
  • How to find your polling location
  • How to do election day voter registration
  • Tips on breastfeeding at the polls
  • Election day activities for kids

…and more, in this handy guide to avoiding election day snafus:

Check your ballot: Plug in your address and you can preview your ballot before you get to the polls. Click here to check it out:

Check your registration: Visit to find out if you’re registered to vote.

TIME: Ask the RIGHT questions!

TIME Magazine just became another self-appointed arbiter of “Mommy Judgment” by trying to inflame the Mommy Wars with their exploitative cover of a young mother standing like a mudflap girl and breastfeeding her 3, maybe 4 year old. The byline: “Are you Mom enough?”

The answer is, as soon as you have a baby, YOU ARE MOM ENOUGH!

TIME is sadly out of touch with what Moms really want. It’s time to ask, “Are we Mom-friendly enough?”

In my circle of “Mom” friends, we largely think that the “Mommy Wars” are over. Until, of course, some stupid news outlet uses the Mommy War to try and sell magazines. We trust that the choices that you made about parenting your children were made based on the information that you had at the time. “We do better, when we know better” is a phrase we often share with each other as we gather new information and work to improve our lives and the lives of our children.

Breakfast in Bed is Nice, but a Seat at the Table is Invaluable.

Meet Annie Spiegelman, a Bay Area mom who blogs as “The Dirt Diva” on matters of love, gardening, and cultivating a healthy planet.  Just in time for Mother’s Day, Annie shares her interview with Rachel’s Network Co-Director Laurie Syms on the evidence that women in Congress, regardless of party, support the environment at rates that outpace their male counterparts.

A Rachel’s Network report entitled “When Women Lead: A Decade of Women’s Environmental Voting Records in Congress,”  compares the environmental voting records of Congresswomen and Congressmen from the 107th through the 111th Congress.  The conclusion:  in both houses of Congress, whether red or blue, women are greener!

Here’s Annie’s personal account of a moving conversation:

How did a girl raised and hardened on the streets of New York City become a passionate environmentalist, geeky master gardener and full-fledged compost queen? I read Rachel Carson’s bestseller, Silent Spring.

Celebrating Mother’s Day, Networked Moms & Powerful Writing

This Mother’s Day we’re celebrating the fact that moms are now networked and engaged in ways unimaginable just a decade ago. More than 36 million women are now active in the blogosphere, either publishing or reading blogs.  And, by the end of this year, more than 90 percent of moms with kids under age eighteen in our nation are expected to be online.

We are powerfully, substantially, fully “Networked Moms.”

Increased Internet access, coupled with new communication technologies–like Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and even emails– allows women to reach dozens, hundreds, thousands, even millions of other women at one time with a quick press of a button.  It’s an unbelievably fast moving tool that significantly accelerates communication, education, organizing, and impact.

It’s Not a “Mommy War,” It’s a War on Moms

There is no question that Hilary Rosen should have chosen her words more carefully when she said that Ann Romney, mother of five sons, “never worked a day in her life.” Raising children is work. It’s immensely rewarding work, but it’s work just the same. Ann Romney is justifiably proud of the work she’s done raising her children.

Now that the spotlight is on motherhood, rather than fanning the false flames of a “Mommy War” that doesn’t really exist, it’s time that we as a nation recognize that regardless of whether or not mothers’ work is paid or unpaid, the work of caregiving is important to us all and should be valued.

Photo by Flickr user Digital Sextant

That’s right: Mothers’ work should be valued.

But too often it’s not.

On Ann Romney and the “War on Moms”

There is no question that Hilary Rosen should have chosen her words more carefully when she said that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.” As an organization representing moms of all political persuasions across the country and run by moms, we at MomsRising know well that raising children is work.  Caregiving is immensely rewarding work, but it’s work just the same.  Ms. Romney is justifiably proud of the work she’s done raising her children.

It’s time that we as a nation recognize that whether mothers’ work is paid or unpaid, the work of caregiving is important to us all. Every day, moms around the world are doing this hard work.  Work that involves making sure that children get the nutrition, care, education, and health care they need to grow up to be healthy, thriving adults who are part of our nation’s economic success.  It’s much easier to do this when families are economically secure. That’s why it’s so important that when we talk about how much we value moms, we also talk about how important it is to advance public policies that allow families to thrive.

Nursing Mom Speaks Out Against LSAC Policy

By Ashley

On October 1, 2011, I sat on the bathroom floor of the LSAT test center pumping milk for my 5 month old son. I felt dirty, embarrassed, stressed, and alone. Things no one should feel as they are in the midst of taking one of the most important exams of their life. An exam that is key to gaining entry into a profession that fights for and defends the rights of all individuals to compete on an even playing field so they can live up to their full potential.

A few months before signing up to take the LSAT, I called the organization that administers the LSAT, the Law Schools Admissions Council, and asked if I could get an additional 15 minutes added to the break time provided, and be given a private place to pump breast milk. LSAC denied my application because breastfeeding is not considered a “disability.”

LSAT to Nursing Moms: Need Time to Pump? Tough Titties!

By Galen Sherwin, Staff Attorney ACLU Women’s Rights Project

Women should not be forced to choose between breastfeeding their babies and pursuing a legal education — right?

Wrong — at least according to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the organization that administers the LSAT.

This summer, our sister organization, MomsRising, contacted us about one of their members, Ashley (she prefers that we use only her first name), a new mom who was planning to take the LSAT in October. Ashley had asked for additional break time so that she could pump breast milk for her 5 month old son during the test. (It typically takes half an hour to pump, but the LSAT only has one 15 minute break during the test). Her request was denied — when she initially called to request this accommodation, she was told she would either have to take the test under standard procedure, wean her baby in time for the October 1 test date, or opt to take the test at a later time when she was no longer breastfeeding. Seriously.

#HERvotes Jobs Blog Carnival: Women and Jobs are Central to US Economic Recovery

I was shocked and saddened when I saw the new poverty data from the U.S. Census that was released earlier this week. The Census data analysis revealed serious declines in women’s economic status, including the highest poverty rates in 17 years for women, as well as the highest extreme poverty rates ever recorded for women. These shocking and troubling trend rates make it abundantly clear that it’s time to come together to both fight attacks on women’s economic and health security, as well as to help rebuild our nation’s economy.

Top 5 Tips for Working and Breastfeeding

While the U.S. still has a long way to go to make employment breastfeeding-friendly for all babes, there has been some great progress recently, and more women are getting into the working and pumping groove.  Who knows, some day soon, the water cooler may be eclipsed by the lactation lounge as the ultimate hang-out!  For expecting babes who are planning to go back to work, we’ve put together our top tips.   Leave your suggestions & fave resources in the comments so we can improve this guide!

1) Read a short overview: In The Top 5 Questions on Going Back to Work and Breastfeeding,  expert Kirsten Berggren, PhD, RN, IBCLC covers the basics:  how to talk to your boss, how often to pump and how much milk to leave,  and working with your childcare provider, with great links.  For more info, see

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