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Pushing Forward With Paid Leave, Workplace Flexibility for All

October 8th, 2012 by Madeleine Kunin

"Five of us were meeting for lunch and reminiscing about the women's movement. 'I was never one of those angry women,' one said. 'I'm still angry,' I blurted. My reaction surprised both me and my friends. Where did that come from? A source I hadn't tapped before. Upon reflection, I realized that I'm not angry [...]

The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility: How Employers and Employees Can "Have it All"

August 27th, 2012 by Madeleine Kunin

"Job Killer." Those are the two words you are most likely to hear uttered by most American CEOs when confronted with proposals to enact family-friendly work policies.
This was true in the battles for earned sick days, paid maternity leave, increases in the minimum wage, and even workplace flexibility. Sure, there are exceptions. In fact, the [...]

A Cathedral to Democracy

August 22nd, 2012 by Madeleine Kunin

The Strafford Town House is commanding. It is easily mistaken for a church because of the  white spire that reaches for the sky.  Set up on a steep hill; the giant structure forces you to look up to it, from the more fittingly modest village common. Now boasting a population of 1,045, what were the [...]

Spring Has Returned to Vermont

May 27th, 2012 by Madeleine Kunin

Who could have thought that May would bring us so many hues of green?
We feel refreshed just by slowly gazing at the trees in all their newborn shades. For a brief period, our thoughts can turn away from the bold black headlines of the daily news, and our ears can silence the [...]

Why Girls Should Create Video Games

May 15th, 2012 by Madeleine Kunin

Why are video games so violent? The ones I've seen remind me of the 4th of July, with everything exploding, buildings, cars, airplanes, men and women. Kill, kill, and kill for sport and entertainment.
Video games seem to be mostly a boy thing — viewed by young boys and created by big boys. I believe that [...]

Same-sex marriage

May 10th, 2012 by Madeleine Kunin

If anyone still clings to the belief that social change is impossible in this country they have to think again after President Obama's announcement yesterday that he supports the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry.
Yes, support for gay marriage has been growing among young people, but the country remains [...]

What Fantasy Life?

April 27th, 2012 by Madeleine Kunin

The cover story of Newsweek reads: "The Fantasy Life of Working Women, why surrender is a feminist dream."
What fantasy life? Maybe the one percent of working women who have time to fantasize about getting spanked by their lovers, but not the 99 percent who are still trying to figure out when or [...]

Golf in a Burka

April 16th, 2012 by Madeleine Kunin

I hadn't thought that women were particularly dangerous golfers. Could that be the reason that the Augusta National Golf club refuses to take down its "No Women Allowed" sign?
I wonder what the male members of the club are afraid of. Could they be thinking that women are too sexually distracting to play with or [...]

Heart of Art: Art as a Pathway to Political Compromise

March 18th, 2012 by Madeleine Kunin

"I didn't know you were an artist," my friend said with a note of surprise in her voice. She had just seen my woodcut hanging in the Amy Tarrant gallery at the Flynn Center. I had been asked to make a print for a Burlington City Arts and Flynn Center combined benefit show which included [...]

Early Childhood Education is where it Starts

February 16th, 2012 by Madeleine Kunin

In President Obama's State of the Union address he made a good case for young people to stay in school. He said, "We also know that when students don't walk away from their education, more of them walk the stage to get their diploma. When students are not allowed to drop out, [...]