Maternity Leave, The Breeding Ground & The Bitch Bell

A few weeks back I mentioned that I was pregnant — like really pregnant — and of course, I plan to take maternity leave. I’ve never questioned whether I would take leave (it is, after all, one of our main goals at The Breeding Ground), but I’d be lying if I said doing so was easy: stepping away (even temporarily) …

How I Approached My Employer About Paid Leave (And Got It)!

Advocating for paid leave at work can be incredibly intimidating. So I am thrilled to have Courtney Fanning, the Marketing Manager at MojoTech, share her success story here with you. Major kudos to both Courtney and MojoTech on the new, gender-neutral paid family and medical leave policy, and thank you for sharing! — Rachel  From Courtney When my husband and I …

Parents of the US: Ashia Ray

©2017 Ashia Ray Photography (www.ashiaray.com) For this Parents of the U.S. interview, I’m thrilled to bring you Ashia Ray, our brilliantly talented photographer at The Breeding Ground. For those of you visiting for the first time, the goal of our Parents of the U.S. initiative is to create awareness of the need to change workplace policies, laws, and values by …

February Round-Up

Dad with toddler near mountains photo

This month’s round-up features all kinds of goodies for the advancement of women and family supportive policies. Feast your eyes on some of our top picks from around the Interwebs, and let us know what fires you up: The key to gender equality isn’t in the workplace or The White House—it’s at home What’s in it: Some eye-popping statistics from Tiffany …

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The Brutal Truth About Being a Pregnant Worker: It’s Pretty Awful

I fell in love with this article when it was originally published back in July, so I was beyond thrilled when its author, Avra Siegel, said we could re-post it on The Breeding Ground. It’s well-written and researched. It’s genuine. It touches on so many of the workplace policies, laws, and values we advocate for at The Breeding Ground. And it …

Why All New Dads Need Paid Leave: An Open Letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

A change.org petition brought to my attention that Starbucks (perhaps you’ve heard of it?) does not offer paid leave to new dad baristas (“partners” in Starbucks talk). Motivated by the petition, I sent the below letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, asking him to provide paid leave for new dads. Dear Mr. Schultz, As you prepare to transition from CEO to Executive Chairman, …

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Parents of the US: Brian Young

This interview is part of our Parents of the U.S. initiative. Its goal is to create awareness of the need to change workplace policies, laws, and values by interviewing parents across the United States about their lives and work-life integration. Personal Stats: Father of two, ages 3 and 16 months. Husband to Jennifer. Corner of the World: Cincinnati, Ohio Occupation: Engineer On …

January Round Up

Anyone else feeling fired up after this past month? Holy wow. Now more than ever we need to pay attention and advocate for those issues that matter most to us. And to that end, here’s this month’s round-up of some of our favorite articles and posts from around the InterWebs: Washington lawmakers introduce most progressive paid family leave bill in …

How Cincinnati Expanded Access to Quality Preschool

Today I am excited to bring you an interview with Greg Landsman, who helped lead a successful — and historic — campaign in Cincinnati, Ohio to provide high-quality preschool for all 3- and 4-year olds. It’s an inspiring story that shows the power of individuals coming together and taking action to make our communities better for families. And it’s one that …

A Call to Action: 2017 and our Steering Committee

…that it’s already been a couple of weeks since the start of the new year, and the launch of The Breeding Ground. It’s been an exciting time for me, and hopefully for you too, as we’re now able to join together nationwide via The Breeding Ground’s social network to help make things better for families in the U.S. Let’s not …