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The Peer is the Political: Why The Cosmo Generation Needs To Lead

We’ve come a long way, ladies. Now it’s time to go farther, faster.

With’s recent announcement that it would increase its political coverage heading into election season and that it would launch #Cosmovotes, an initiative to get more young women to vote and endorse candidates who support women’s rights, we let out a resounding hell yeah. 

Not only do young women want to read about politics and vote for our future leaders, they want to be our future leaders. And why shouldn’t they be? 

Drawing the Line at Cupcake Cones

September is “back to school” month for most kids in the United States. My daughter is in her last year of preschool, but some of her buddies have moved on to kindergarten. As this momentous transition is just around the corner for her, I’ve been talking to friends and family about what to expect.

Last week, I visited a friend’s house for dinner. Her daughter – a typical five-year-old who knows all the words to all the songs from Frozen despite having never seen the movie – has just started kindergarten and is doing well. In fact, my friend's only concern is regarding the snacks provided at her daughter’s afterschool program. She explained, a little sheepishly, that the teachers give out lots and lots of treats to tide the children over until dinnertime. That didn’t sound like such a big deal. But then she described the treats: gummy worms on Monday; brownies on Tuesday; popsicles on Wednesday; cookies on Thursday; and the pièce de résistance on Friday - a cupcake cone. (You might ask what that is, as I did - so I've included a picture.)

Four Good Reasons to Encourage Less Soda Consumption

BERKELEY, Calif. — This past weekend co-sponsored an educational panel on soda. Berkeley and San Francisco, California, each have ballot initiatives to tax soda as a way to curb consumption, and in San Francisco’s case, fund certain public programs.

Up to now, every single soda tax ballot initiative in the country has failed as the industry has pumped serious money to defeat such measures. And as healthy and aware as many citizens are here in Berkeley, the measure faces an uphill battle as the industry has dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat the measure, including blanket every single lamppost in downtown Berkeley with signs.

VoteRunLead Issues Challenge to Nation: Invite 50,000 Women to Run

I am excited to announce we launched VoteRunLead last week, the first online platform for women to learn to run and lead. We are challenging the nation to invite 50,000 women to run by election day on November 4th. If each of us invites three women to run we can exceed our goal. You'll be hearing more from me in the coming weeks and months. So excited to be part of this talented and vibrant community!


September 9, 2014

VoteRunLead issues challenge to nation to invite 50,000 women to run for political office by election day and half-a-million by 2016

Partnering with Target and Omidyar Network, VoteRunLead to build largest network of women leaders in history

On MomsRising Radio This Week:

On the radio show this week, first up we hear from the researcher whose data sparked a New York Times article with this title: "The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus --- A Child Helps Your Career, if You’re a Man." 
Our next segment covers former Raven's player, Ray Rice, domestic violence, and masculinity with NFL veteran, media commentator, college football Hall of Famer, and all around super star, Don McPherson. 
Then the next interview covers the historic vote that recently happened on the Paycheck Fairness Act: Get the inside scoop on what happened and next steps! 
Last but far from least: U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, will join us to talk early learning, education, tips for parents, and… bus rides.

Back to School, Back to Recess

We are in the fourth week of school here in Oakland, California. Waking up is getting a little easier for the kids and the rush out the door, though still chaotic, is starting to feel normal again. But at the end of the school day, the kids are still a little like the Seven Dwarfs: Sleepy, Grumpy and well, Antsy!

And these attitudes remind me to check how things are going at school. And when I say school, I mean not just the classroom, but the playground. Because what happens on the playground effects what happens in the classroom, and frankly, what happens after school too.

Recess, though easily overlooked, is a critical part of the school day. I know this because for past 18 years, I’ve been running Playworks, a nationally recognized organization helping elementary schools transform their recess, and I have seen first hand the how a great recess can improve the entire school climate.

5 Reasons I Take Retreats

“Are you listening to your life–what is it trying to tell you?”  Renee Trudeau

Stephen Cope, MSW, author and director of Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living says retreats don’t change our lives as much as they change where we stand in relationship to our lives—and our capacity to see the hidden possibilities there.

I grew up watching my parents take personal retreats–mostly meditation retreats–beginning in the early 1970s. I wasn’t really sure what they did or what happened during these periods when they were away, but I do remember how peaceful, grounded and loving they were when they returned from these respites.

Now retreats-whether it’s a one-day personal retreat at a nearby  greenbelt or a weekend or week-long experience out-of-state–have become essential to how I run my life. I think they’re one of the best investments I can make (in  myself!) and I consider them to be as essential to balanced living as oxygen.

I take retreats to support me in:

#FoodFri Tweetchat: The EmpowerMEnt Challenge


In my home, September is a time for new beginnings! The kids are preparing for a new school year. We're shopping for new school clothes. And, new schedules are started. Notice, most of these changes were instituted because of the children. This year I decided to start something new for me.  

I joined The EmpowerMEnt Challenge by the American Heart Association.

What's The EmpowerMEnt Challenge?

Over four weeks, families across the country are encouraged to take control of their health by pursuing a different goal every week which include increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption, reducing sugar sweetened beverage consumption, reducing sodium intake and increasing their physical activity – together.  Each goal is fun, simple, won’t break the bank and can be done as a family. By the end of the month, families will be better equipped to live a heart-healthy life. Find out more on the EmpowerMEnt Challenge Facebook Event Page.

I was one of those families and you can be also.

Raise your voice: Tell us why CHIP Matters!

Raise your voice!

I serve zucchini at least twice a month in my house.

Each time it's the same story: my seven-year-old son tells me he doesn't like it (because it's a vegetable - "Yuck Mom!"). Then I remind him that he does actually like it and ask him to try it anyway because it's good for him. It takes some coaxing, but once he tries it, he remembers that he actually loves zucchini and eats the rest without argument.

Sometimes legislators need a reminder too about what policies we like and are good for families. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was funded in 1997 and got strong bipartisan support from Republicans and Democrats alike. Why? Because it's good for children and families like it.

Do you or someone you know have a child who has benefited from CHIP? Tell us about it!

Historic: US Senate Just Advanced Paycheck Fairness Act

Take Action! BREAKING! Due in no small part to your efforts, letters, calls, stories, and testimony, the U.S. Senate just advanced the Paycheck Fairness Act in a historic vote. But the bill isn't fully passed yet.  
Now we have to keep the MOMentum going. The U.S. Senate has a chance to take the next step and do the right thing: Move the bill forward to a final up-or-down vote for passage.  It's time! 
And the conversation on social media in support of passage is heating up! Read more at these hashtags: 

This vote is a big step, and part of a long journey the MomsRising movement has been on with many other organizations and individuals.

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