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Wishing You

Posted by gansie on January 1, 2011

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Happy Holidays

Posted by gansie on December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays

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Small Biz Saturday

Posted by joyinhome on November 23, 2010


Support your local businesses on Small Biz Saturday! As you take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, do your holiday shopping this Saturday, November 27. Sponsored by AmEx, let your dollars keep small businesses going!

YWM is a big supporter of small business, especially encouraging women to establish and own businesses. Small biz has historically been the backbone for this country’s economy and is essential to jump-start it now.

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Share Working Women News with Your Networks

Posted by gansie on November 10, 2010

Now it’s easier to share your favorite YWM posts with your networks.

  1. Click on the title of the post.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the post.
  3. Decide how to share: Facebook, Twitter, Email, Stumble Upon and more.
  4. Click on the icon and share away!

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Let’s Get Fired Up, Again!

Posted by joyinhome on October 25, 2010

“Yes We Can” and “Si Se Puede” were the battle cries heard across the nation two years ago.

With mid-term elections only eight days away, I have to remind us that women have had significant gains under this administration that can not be ignored. We must get out to vote!

The list below include enormous gains for women and families, including legislation to directly address education, poverty and medical care.

Yes, unemployment is still high; yes, the economy is far from strong; and yes, many people are still hurting… however, we know that true change takes time. With that said, we can not abandon the foundation that is being laid for our children and great, grandchildren to come. Women and families need the type of policies that have been enacted since 2008.

VOTE ON NOVEMBER 2nd! Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your colleagues. It’s critical if you want to see true change in these United States.

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Women Vets: It’s Time to Support Our ‘Sheroes’

Posted by joyinhome on October 15, 2010


The stories and statistics are victorious and heart-wrenching at the same time. Women veterans serve beside male soldiers yet experience many unique issues when they return home: higher rates of divorce, homelessness, loss of child custody and unemployment.

Alicia is featured on Oprah today; a homeless woman veteran who served for ten years, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was working at the Pentagon on 9-11 and lost many comrades.

We need to support these soldiers and work together to create solutions. Joining Forces for Women Veterans is an event created to do just this. Learn more at on the Womens Veterans Summit website.  


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Battle of the Hemlines

Posted by joyinhome on October 8, 2010


So once a month my ninth-grade daughter has “law Day” which entails a half day trip to a law firm that is a community partner of her school. Law Day allows them to interact with lawyers at the firm for informal mentoring and sheduled law-related exercises. These days are designated as professional dress to prepare these young men and women for future workplace expectations.

Last night my daughter laid out her dress and shoes. This morning I yelled up to her that we had to leave and she better not be wearing bangles: “it’s PROFESSIONAL dress!”

“I know Ma.”

She came downstairs and I smiled. She had on pearl studs and a dainty silver bracelet and ring. Her dress was cream at the top and a gray, black and white houndstooth pattern from her natural waist down (I am kicking myself for forgetting to snap a picture). The dress hit about an inch above her knee, but due to the material and her newly curvy figure, it rose when she sat down or walked about another inch. I told her to make sure she was concious about the dress and to gently smooth it when she stood up.

Fast forward about 30 minutes. I am en route to drop of my son to daycare and get a call; it is the school’s number and I have a feeling it’s about the dress. She has to go home to change into something more appropriate.

Now, I respect the school wanting to uphold appropriate attire for the students (esp. on a non-uniform day), but I think this was overdoing it. She was not permitted to attend class and was marked absent, but was able to turn in her homework after I made the request.

I picked her up so that she could change. She looked so professional and was proud, so I used it as a ‘teachable moment.’ I explained to her why I was upset: I didn’t like the message and implication that it made to her and the other young lady charged with the same offense (who looked beautiful and even had on hose). As women, we have to be overly concious of our appearance, even in the 21st century.

“Why am I punished for showing a little bit of leg?… If the boys can not control themselves that is not my problem. Don’t they also have to understand what’s appropriate if I do?”

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Politics As Usual…

Posted by joyinhome on September 20, 2010

President Obama during a CNBC appearanceToday, I attended CNBC’s town hall meeting, Investing in America, with President Obama. The President was intelligent, witty and thoughtful as always. He answered questions directly and addressed the concerns raised. I left the meeting excited and positive, feeling that POTUS Maximus was fighting for the American people, like me. I am a staunch Obama supporter and share it openly.

The coverage of this event however is characterizing it as Obama supporters who have lost faith in him as a leader. Please watch the actual broadcast and judge for yourself. The media coverage is a collection of sound bites. And as one gentleman pointed out: “You’re losing the war of sound bites. You’re losing the media cycles.”

What they didn’t capture from this PA small biz owner from Pennsylvania, was his continued support for Obama and his policies, giving examples of the stimulus package and auto industry investment; he outlined how legislation has businesses continue and congratulated on the job he is doing by investing in the country. His advice for the President was to regain the people who are losing faith, not because of what he hasn’t done, but because they are afraid.

The President reiterated that we have to get past the politics and back to making things better. We are in the midst of mid-term elections and a lot of ‘Obama hate’ and selective memory. I question the motivation of the media coverage that I’ve seen. At least I told you my bias from the beginning…

If you watched the broadcast or attended, tell us what you thought.

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Football Isn’t Just Reserved for the Boys

Posted by egehl on September 9, 2010

Today marks the start of the 2010 football season and what better way to kick off the festivities than having the opening game in New Orleans where the Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints, get to defend their title against the Minnesota Vikings.  As a life-long Saints fan, it’s as if we picked up right where we left off in February!  Pretty exciting for the Who Dat nation in New Orleans. 

It also seems that my love of football is shared by throngs of other women.  Increasingly more and more women are getting into football and cheering on their favorite teams.  And the NFL is noticing and so are the heads of merchandise. Nowadays you can purchase some really cute NFL gear designed for women’s bodies, and look like a die hard fan.

The Saints have a strong female following including Rita Benson LeBlanc who is part-owner and executive vice president of the team.  I think we will continue to see more women with leadership roles within the NFL.

So ladies, here’s to a great football season…. and go Black and Gold!

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Van der Sloot, Again…Really?!?

Posted by joyinhome on June 9, 2010


Joran Van der Sloot has been charged with killing a young Peruvian woman, Stephany Flores, and supposedly confessed to the murder. He reportedly is returning to the Lima hotel room with authorities to re-enact the crime.

There are reports that he was in the process of extorting money from the Holloway’s in exchange for details about her death and the location of her body.

The police better not screw this up…who knows how many women this psycho bastard has killed?

(I am ready to add a new post category: violence against women…)

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