Your boss needs this book!

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by Katrina on September 2, 2010

Today’s workplace is profoundly out of sync with today’s workers. Longs hours, rigid schedules, and lack of parental leave was (sort of) fine, as long as one parent (usually mom) stayed home with the kids. Now that about 70% of mothers in the U.S. work, let’s agree that this system is officially broken. Why don’t […]


Starting a mother-friendly campaign at work

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by Katrina on August 16, 2010

A few weeks ago, someone named Sarah* left a comment on my blog saying she was starting a “mother-friendly campaign” at work. I’d never heard of such a thing. A mother-friendly campaign? What does that look like? Is it for coworkers? HR? Company executives? New mothers? Is it about changing attitudes, or policy, or both? […]


I recently wrote a series about barriers to pumping at work, which reappeared, in shorter form, on the Huffington Post. Given the comments and emails I’ve received from distressed, exhausted, and humiliated moms who read the story, ignorance in alive and well in the workplace. Even HR managers have trouble understanding how or why they […]


This sucks (Part III.)

by Katrina on June 24, 2010

This is the third of a three-part series of posts about working moms and breastfeeding. Be sure to read Part I. and Part II. first. After a thorough review of the office landscape, Jackie mentioned to her boss that there was no convenient place to pump. She suggested the most reasonable solution she could think […]


This sucks (Part II.)

by Katrina on June 23, 2010

This is the second of a series of posts about working moms and breastfeeding. If you have not read Part I., start here. My friend, Jackie* has worked for almost a decade for a large, well-respected non-profit in the Denver area. As you read her story, please keep in mind that she works in a […]


This sucks (Part I.)

by Katrina on June 21, 2010

This is the first of a series of posts about working moms and breastfeeding. I went back to work when my son was four months old and still living exclusively on a diet of breast milk. So approximately every three hours I dropped what I was doing and ducked into Conference Room B. All four […]