2010 Wake Up! Campaign

Wake Up, This Is the Reality! Blog Carnival

Campaign announcement


Work/Life in Our Communities Blog Radio Series: January 25-February 5, 2010 (Tune in HERE)

Blog Carnival: February 6-13, 2010


How to Get Involved:

1) Tune into the blog talk radio series (see program details below).

2) Participate in the live-chat and/or Twittercasts (#fem2 and #worklife) happening during each of the blog talk radio segments. Download the podcast from each segment and share it with your networks.

3) Contribute a post to the blog carnival, either through your own blog or directly to Fem2.0. Send links and/or blog posts to info@fem2pt0.com.

4) Join this list of organizations and blog sites that will be holding their own concurrent blog carnivals or events that feed into the larger Fem2.0 effort. Email info@fem2pt0.com to let us know and we’ll add you to the list!

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Wake Up! Blog Radio Series

Please click here for bios of our speakers/presenters


I. The Three Faces of Work/Family Conflict: Can Americans Care For Their Families Without Losing Their Jobs?

Monday, January 25, 11:30 AM EST, here

Host: Gloria Pan

Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress
Elisa Camahort Page, Co-Founder, BlogHer
Joan Williams, Director, Center for WorkLife Law at University of California - Hastings

Elisa Camahort Page interviews Joan Williams and Heather Boushey about their new report, The Three Faces of Work/Family Conflict. To be released later this month by the Center for American Progress and the Center for WorkLife Law, the report looks at the impact of work policies on American workers and families at different income levels, revealing the all-too-common, gut-wrenching choices Americans face between being able to care for loved ones and being able to pay the bills.  


II. Work/Life and Men: Superman Versus Family Man

Tuesday, January 26, 1:00 PM EST, here

Host: Marc Chimes

Scott Coltrane, Dean, University of Oregon; Author, Gender and Families
Hugo Schwyzer, Blogger, hugoschwyzer.net  
Joan Williams, Director, Center for WorkLife Law at University of California - Hastings

What does it take for a caring, responsible father to be both a breadwinner and a family man? If there is a work/family balance, it appears to depend on where you stand in the social order. Come investigate with our panel the daunting barriers working fathers face in sharing responsibilities in the household. Join with America's leading experts as they discuss the problems, possibilities and policies surrounding fathers in the workplace.


III. Working Title: Work/Life and LGBT Families: Reimagining Policy for ALL Families in the 21st Century

Wednesday, January 27, 1:00 PM EST, here

Host: Heather Holdridge

Jaime Grant, Director of the Policy Institute, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Cathy Renna, Managing Partner, Renna Communications
Dana Rudolph, Publisher, Mombian.com

What are the unique challenges that LGBT people face in the workplace and with our families? What are the best ways for us to tell our stories and educate about the need for the same protections granted most other Americans under the Civil Rights Act? What are the specific hurdles to passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act? And thinking outside the box, what are the ways we should be rethinking policy to support all non-traditional families? 


IV. Crafting Work/Life Policies That Benefit Everyone's Bottom Line

Thursday, January 28, 1:00 PM EST, here

Host: Joanne Bamberger

Deborah L. Frett, CEO, Business and Professional Women's Foundation
Kathy Korman Frey, Founder, Hot Mommas Project, George Washington University
Judy Martin, Founder, WorkLifeNation.com

As the American work force has evolved, some businesses have changed to meet the needs of that changing landscape, yet most have not. As a result, both men and women often struggle with how to manage the demands of the workplace with ever-growing caregiving responsibilities.  Three experts on the state of work/life policies today will discuss how businesses that have been willing to evolve have found benefits not only for employees lives, but also for the employer's bottom line. We will also discuss the current state of public policy as it impacts how we work, both in terms of employees' time and employers' dollars, as well as the impact the health care debate and the current economy have on how far, or how fast, employers may be willing to bring their policies into the 21st Century. 

V. Work Policies and Single Women: An Examination of the Work Issues Facing Single Women, With or Without Children

Friday, January 29, 11:30 AM EST, here

Host: Marcia Yerman

Page Gardner, Founder, Women's Voices, Women Vote
Lisa Maatz, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, AAUW
Melanie Notkin, Founder, Savvy Auntie

How is the continuum of single women being challenged by work policy issues? Topics will include:

+ The challenges faced by women in the workplace without children (50% of American women)
+ The challenges faced by never married women with children (19%-20%)
+ Reframing the family structure as horizontal (acknowledging that not all family responsibilities are "parental")
+ Legislation to implement change (family and medical leave, Social Security, care giving credits, pay equity, retirement benefits)
+ Is the workload being left to single women without children?
+ Validating single women as heads of their own households

Email questions in advance to mgyerman@verizon.net

VI. Work/Life and Latino Families: How Are Latino Families Changing as Latinas Bring Home the Bacon?

Monday, February 1, 1:00 PM EST, here

Host: Veronica Arreola

Ana Roca Castro, Founder, Latinos in Social Media
Catherine Singley, Economic and Employment Policy Analyst, National Council of La Raza
Marisa Treviño, Publisher, www.latinalista.net

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?


VII. Work/Life and Older Americans: Taking Care of Oneself and Taking Care of Others

Tuesday, February 2, 1:00 PM EST, here

Host: Kim Gandy

Virginia DeBolt, Blogger, Time Goes By
Deborah Halpern, Communications Director, National Family Caregivers Association
Deborah Russell, Director of Workplace Issues, AARP

How can employers make their companies more caregiver-friendly for seniors? How can caregivers better communicate their need for flexibility? How can senior caregivers better manage and organize themselves when juggling work and caregiving? Anyone caring for a loved one can learn from and contribute to this conversation.

VIII. Work/Life and the Military: What It's Really Like to Work and Serve

Wednesday, February 3, 1:00 PM EST, here

Host: Katie Stanton

Stephanie Himel-Nelson, Director of New Media, Blue Star Families
LAW, Blogger, Liberal Army Wife
Diana Zuckerman, President, National Research Center for Women and Families

Military families are just like other families. Soldiers and their spouses are often are dealing with same work/life issues as everyone else, like wage gaps, caregiving, sick leave and more. But imagine dealing with these issues when you and/or your spouse are stationed overseas and serving in often dangerous situations for months or years at a time. Imagine being separated from your loved ones and still being expected to handle the day-to-day. Imagine being uprooted with little to no warning and moving to an unknown city or country, over and over again, and still having to provide for yourself and your family. Three experts who are passionate about military families and the difficulties they face will tell the whole story on what life is really like, how this kind of living affects men, women and children, and what can be done to help.

IX. Working Title: Work/Life and African-American Families

Thursday, February 4, 1:00 PM EST, here

Host: Shireen Mitchell

Avis Jones-DeWeever, Director of Research & Policy, Center for African-American Women, National Council of Negro Women
JusticeFergie, Co-Founder, Blogalicious; Blogger, MamaLaw
Keida-Ann Borgella, Blogger, Girls Just Wanna Have Funds

Work/life balance has always been a challenging discussion to have in the African-American community. For many, balance doesn't exist because for some there are no choices to negotiate. African-American women are a diverse range of single, professional, married, working mothers, but receiving an average of 68 to 48 cents on the dollar, it's even more of a very delicate juggling act. Come discuss these issues of workplace policies and its impact on this community, including the challenges of wealth building.


X. Fighting Words! Creating Change for Working Families

Friday, February 5, 1:00 PM EST, here

Host: Suzanne Turner

Ellen Bravo, Executive Director, Family Values@Work Consortium
Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners
US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, Momsrising.org

We’ll discuss the current campaigns to win new protections so that all of us can have a job AND a personal life. Find out what's worked and what's next for grassroots engagement at the state and federal levels. We’ll interact with on- and off-line listeners about ways you can be part of creating this change. Help us bring the workplace into sync with the new realities for every type of family.


XI. Work/Life and Kids: What Do Kids Really Think About Their Working Parents?

Wednesday, February 10, 1 PM EST, here

Host: Ellen Galinsky, President of Families and Work Institute; author of "Ask the Children" and "Mind in the Making"

Lisa Belkin, New York Times writer; author of the Motherlode blog on nytimes.com
Joshua Coleman, Author of "The Marriage Makeover," and the "The Lazy Husband," Co-Chair of the Council on Contemporary Families and clinical psychologist.

When both mom and dad work, it can complicate parenting and marriage. We will talk about the impact of social pressures and media coverage on working couples and their children, what the research tells us, and what we can do to make things better for both kids and their working parents.