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Join the National Discussion on Work/Life Balance

Submitted by on January 24, 2010 – 7:19 amOne Comment

Feminist.

Did you cringe?
Get all proud and roar?
Go eh, whatever?

By definition, a feminist is a person — man or woman — who believes that women are inherently equal to men. I personally don’t know anyone who would disagree with that. You?

But, the word, or definition, has nothing to do with combat boots and burning bras and the derisions and negatives associated with the word by politicians and pundits. Too many people run from “feminist” — including too many young women reaping the benefits of the work done by women who got loud to make sure those of us with double X chromosomes didn’t spend careers primarily making coffee for the boys. (Watch Mad Men for a few history lessons.)

So, I’d like to introduce you to — and make you a fan of — Fem2.0 and it’s new campaign, Wake Up, This is the Reality!

Stay with me here, OK? Especially because I am going to point you to an important discussion focused specifically on Latino families.

But first, some background: The campaign aims to change the way we as a society talk about work and “shift the story away from the priviledged ‘balance’ and corporate perspectives to one that reflects the reality on the ground for millions of Americans and American families. We need this shift if we want policy makers to know how tough it is out here and move them to act on legislation around such issues as paid sick days, healthcare, chidl and elder care, equal pay, etc.”

Who, regardless of socioeconomic status, can’t relate to that?

Monday, Jan. 25 through Feb. 5, Fem2.0 will present a blog radio series — one a day — discussing how today’s work environment and policies are affecting particular communities. The purpose: To show how work/life balance issues are not just women’s issues, but everyone’s issues. The show hosts and guests are experienced in the corporate, government and non-profit world, as well as writers, business owners and advocates.

The first topic of discussion is The Three Faces of Work/Family Conflict: Can Americans Care For Their Families Without Losing Their Jobs? Other topic focuses are men, seniors, single people, African-Americans and more. The complete schedule and topics can be found here and you can listen at TalkShoe Radio.

And, at 1 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 1, Veronica Arreola, a university assistant director of a women’s studies program and publisher of Viva La Feminista, will host the topic: How Are Latino Families Changing as Latinas Bring Home the Bacon.

The guests include:
Ana Roca Castro, Founder, Latinos in Social Media
Catherine Singley, Economic and Employment Policy Analyst, National Council of La Raza
Marisa Treviño, Editorial writer and publisher of Latina Lista.

From the show description: “The Great Recession has impacted every family and Latino families are no different. Or has it been different? Join in the conversation as four Latinas from policy, punditry and community organizing discuss the impact of the recession on Latino families. What does a Latino worker look like? What are the contributions of Latino workers to the economy? Can the government do more to encourage job creation? As more Latinas take on more jobs, who is caring for their children? How are Latino families changing to make room for Latinas who brings home the bacon?”

This isn’t about politics. It’s about family. And what our families need.

We hope you’ll join in on the conversation. Regardless of what you call yourself.

Share, por favor!

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