I am pleased to announce that we will have another live blog chat here at MotherTalkers THIS WEDNESDAY, March 30, at 9 a.m. PT/ 12 p.m. ET. This time, we are speaking with Ellen Moran, chief of Staff to Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.
Prior to being appointed to the position on April 23, 2009, Ellen was the White House director of communications during the early months of the Obama Administration. I have seen her described as a “progressive’s progressive” online, having served as executive director at EMILY’s List and held a leadership position within the Democratic Party.
On a personal note, Ellen is married and has two children. Surely, she has a lot to say about the balancing act of a working mother with a job that is critical in supporting the economic stability and growth of this country as well as on the world stage. I thought it would be great to pick Ellen’s brain on not only the economic concerns close to our hearts, but how she balances her interests and activism with the responsibilities of motherhood. Please join us! I will make sure to gather some of your questions beforehand in a nagging diary.
Speaking of, thank you for participating in our live chat last week with Arcelia Hurtado, whose non-profit organization, Equal Rights Advocates, is defending women for pay discrimination against Wal-Mart. I thought you’d like to know that the National Organization for Women is hosting a rally on behalf of the women of Wal-Mart tomorrow in Washington D.C. between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.. Here are the details:
Who: National Organization for Women and Allies
What: Rally for the Women of Wal-Mart
Where: U.S. Supreme Court
1 First St. NE between E. Capitol St. & Maryland Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20543
Metro: Capitol South (Blue & Orange Lines) or Union Station (Red Line, Amtrak)
When: Tuesday, March 29
Questions: Contact Anita Lederer at fieldorg at now dot org or 202-628-8669 ext. 134
There have been a lot of stories about obesity lately. Most recently, CNN.com ran a piece about how religious people tend to be more overweight in middle age than non-church goers. My initial reaction to this piece was “duh!” especially since researchers listed no reason for the disparity. How about this: most Americans go to church so it would make sense that a fair share would also be overweight or have dark hair or be short. Also, obesity seems to be striking minority communities more than most and we tend to be a church-going bunch, so again, I think it’s no coincidence we would also have a disproportionate number of obese people.
I will say though that churches could definitely do a better job of encouraging people to bring healthier foods to the potlucks. I know my kids look forward to the doughnuts and gogurts there every week, especially since I don’t buy it for them at home. For those of you who go to church, do you find the potlucks laden with lots of sugary and fatty treats?
In other news: one in six Americans is Latino/Hispanic, according to the Los Angeles Times. We are expected to make up one-third of the population in 2050.
Mamapedia Voices had an article about environment-friendly and healthy products to clean the house.
Next time we concoct gift ideas for MTers, we may want to consider something from this site, Books and Cookies. Started by Chudney Ross, the youngest daughter of Diana Ross, the company creates themed gift baskets — like potty training — with books, learning activities and sweet treats. They’re cute!
In other celebrity-related news: Madonna has failed to come up with the money to fund a girls’ academy in Malawi, where 67 percent of girls don’t go to secondary school, according to the New York Times.
Finally, I enjoyed this essay in the Huffington Post about our reaction to Tiger Mom and why mommy war books like hers are stupid. It somewhat reminded me of my all-time favorite parenting essay, “The Good Enough Mother” by Anna Quindlen. (Oh, how I miss you in Newsweek!)
So what else is in the news? What’s up with you?