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Friday Five

As we soak up the last rays of summer, here are 5 stories you need to stay up to speed:

  1. A mother farwells her son. At 106 years old, Roberta McCain was there to say goodbye to her son Senator John McCain at the National Cathedral earlier today. β€œShe taught me to find so much pleasure in life that misfortune could not rob me of the joy of living,” the Senator once wrote of his mother. (The President was not invited.)
  2. There's a good reason why you're tired. Motherhood represents on average a 98 hour per week workload - equivalent to 2.5 full time jobs, a new study has found. We knew those dark circles were there for a good reason.
  3. Work done during your commute is still work. If you're working on your commute, there's a good argument it should be counted toward your work day. In just another example of Scandinavians getting it right, Norway already counts travel time as work.
  4. Working parents in the law need change. The Young Lawyers Editorial Board of American Lawyer wants law firms to understand that supporting employees' family commitments is good for business. We had a fascinating discussion with our legal #MINDRMAMAs about this on Instagram this week - please drop us a line if you have something to add about work-life in law.
  5. Positive changes can start in the supply chain. In better news, Microsoft announced that it will require all of its suppliers to provide their employees with paid parental leave. 

And that's a wrap on the week.

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Friday Five

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Friday Five

Happy Friday, Mindr fam! Here's what you need to know about the week that was:

  1. It takes a village. When Argentine police officer and working mom Celeste Ayala was put in charge of a malnourished, crying infant who had been separated from her mother, she breastfed the baby herself. We're especially impressed with the way the system recognized her for it: the security minister of Buenos Aires called her personally to thank her and referred to her on Twitter as "the police we're proud of, the police we want." She has now been promoted to Sergeant.
  2. Arianna Huffington had a mic-drop for Elon Musk. "You're demonstrating a wildly outdated, anti-scientific and horribly inefficient way of using human energy," she told the billionaire inventor, criticizing the 120-hour work weeks for which he is notorious. Musk had recently told the New York Times that he worked so hard he'd missed his own birthday, not to mention his 5 kids growing up. 
  3. The safest amount of alcohol is none, and not just for pregnant women. Turns out all that social shaming of pregnant women who steal a sip of red wine on a bad day could be turned right back around at their accusers. In a massive study co-authored by 512 researchers and published in the prestigious scientific journal The Lancet, the conclusion was that "to minimize health risks, the optimal amount of alcohol someone should consume is none." Womp.
  4. August 26th is the anniversary of women's right to vote in America - but the victory was mixed for women of color. Women's Equality Day is celebrated each year on August 26th, acknowledging the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in 1920. But for decades later, nonwhite women struggled to exercise their civic rights due to legalized prejudicial practices that blocked them from casting ballots.
  5. You should take time to grieve a career transition. Feelings of grief are common when you leave a workplace you love, even if the departure was your own choice. "Even if you're moving on to something you really want to do and it's the right decision, change is hard," says author Kim Scott. Working through those feelings rather than ignoring them will put you in a much more productive mindset for your next steps.

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Friday Five

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Friday Five

Happy Friday, Mindr fam! Here's what you need to know from the week that was:

  1. Survey Monkey's board is now 50% women - and one of those women is Serena Williams. This is newsworthy because as of last year, white men still accounted for nearly 70% of board members in the Fortune 500.
  2. Most people want paid family leave (shocker!). Employee benefits provider Unum published a study reporting that 58% of workers and 64% of millennials want paid family leave from their employers. Wouldn't you know it, paid family leave even outranked pet-friendly offices in people's perk priorities.
  3. Women in financial services face harsher barriers than in other industries. We posted this article about the gender gap in finance to Mindr's Instagram community earlier in the week, which led to a fascinating discussion among our finance mamas. Got an experience to share as a woman in finance? Tell us.
  4. The first drug specifically designed for postpartum depression is nearing FDA approval. 10-20% of mothers feel a prolonged sadness, anxiety, irritability, and inability to bond with their newborns after giving birth. Scientists are finally doing something about it.
  5. The Queen of Soul has passed away, but her legacy lives on. Aretha Franklin's music, like the song RESPECT, will continue to be heralded as "a demand for equality and freedom and a harbinger of feminism, carried by a voice that would accept nothing less."

And that's a wrap on the week.

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