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Gender roles are formed and reinforced from earliest childhood through family relations, social and cultural strictures and norms. Today, family structures are shifting as nuclear and extended families undergo transformations due to economic and societal changes. The traditional archetype of one father and one mother plus children reflects only 25 percent of families in the U.S. Parental roles are also evolving as single-parent, same-sex couples and adoptive parents become increasingly common. Laws and employment policies are gradually reflecting these changes but more effort needs to be focused on providing family-friendly support from affordable, accessible, quality child and elder care to flexible work arrangements.

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In the immediate aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death, The Talk was a buzzphrase in many mouths.  The Talk – the cautions, warnings,...
Sexism is not a one-party issue. Expectations to fulfill gender role requirements do not only negatively affect women, but men as well. The cards we...
Is it possible to think of your mother without also conjuring up notions of the Great Mother, that archetype so deeply embedded within our cultures...
Quality early care and education are truly a gifts that will keep on giving, not only to mothers, but to all of us.  We’re not saying that...


  • November 10, 2010

    Los Angeles Times: The Supreme Court is debating a law that makes it easier for unwed American mothers than it is for unwed fathers to pass on their citizenship. Lawyers are arguing that fathers are discriminated against based on gender, and the...

  • October 28, 2010

    University of Illinois: As the number of rural immigrant Latino mothers has increased, so has research into their childcare needs. Initial studies have shown that language...

  • October 26, 2010

    Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology: Despite an increase in the number of women in the workforce, women still perform the bulk of all household tasks. A shcoking 55% take on the entire workload of the household, compared to 1.4% of men....

  • October 20, 2010

    EurekAlert: New research by the American Psychological Association demonstrated that mothers who exhibit warmer feelings toward babies develop bigger mid-brains.

  • October 14, 2010

    Colorlines: A new report from NYU's Women of Color Policy Network shows that single mothers, especially mothers of color, are the most likely to be left with no wealth, due to factors like race and gender.