Women will strike on March 8 for “A Day Without a Woman”

Amy Bell Hou is a writer, early childhood educator and mother living in Oakland. She is a co-founder of Drop Leaf Press, a women-operated poetry press based in San Francisco. March 8 is International Women’s Day. It’s also a day that multiple organizations for the...

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Seeing Life Transitions as Opportunities

My youngest son will graduate from college next weekend. It sounds cliché but I find myself wondering where the time went. My husband and I talked about traveling to Europe directly after the graduation. After providing a college education for seven children, we...

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Planning a Family

One of the questions I am frequently asked by younger women is, “how can I advance my career and plan a family at the same time?” Since I work among a large group a women physicians who have spent years in school, training and nurturing their careers, this is a...

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On the topic of Learned Helplessness

Anyone in a dual career partnership knows how important “dividing the labor” at home truly is. This is often a topic of discussion with my colleagues and friends when we address the demands of our jobs and how to find our balance between work life and home life....

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now

When I speak to groups of women I am inevitably asked the same question each time – “how do you balance your family and career?” It is certainly not easy and I spent years struggling with a constant mental tug of war.  When at work, I felt as though I should be home...

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