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

  1. Work-life balance is getting a bad rap. Amazon's CEO and the world's richest person Jeff Bezos doesn't believe in the term, preferring to think about "work-life harmony" instead. Ohmm.
  2. Celebrity moms are working moms too. New mama Eva Longoria reminded the world that red carpets and film premieres need pumping rooms too, sharing the difficulties of being separated from 7 week old Santiago for work. 
  3. We need to support more women entrepreneurs. Only 15% of US venture dollars went to teams with a female founder last year - and only 2% to all-female teams. And it hurts us all, since it means "VCs aren’t capturing a potentially huge source of innovation, which could make a long-term positive impact on US economic growth."
  4. The sharing economy is having a hiccup. New York became the first major American city to press pause on new licenses for ride-share services like Uber and Lyft while the City tries to figure out how to deal with the impact of this growing industry on traffic congestion and the livelihoods of traditional taxi drivers, many of whom are falling into poverty.
  5. Parenting in the age of Alexa can be a blessing and a curse. Sure, who hasn't wished for a magical robot assistant that can do their kids' bidding? But the impacts can be more complicated than we think.

See you next week!

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We're rounding out the week energized and inspired by Monday's roundtable discussion on everyday advocacy with accidental activist Audrey Symes. (You can check out the key points from that discussion here.) Here's what else you need to know this week:

  1. The judgment of others can be crippling to today's parents. And nobody knows this better than Kim Brooks, who was arrested for criminal negligence because a bystander made a 911 call when she ran an errand while her four year old waited in a (cool, window-cracked) car. Btw, the rest of the world responded to her article and told America to chill.
  2. It just became legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states. Utah Republican Rep. Curt Webb had this to say: "This seems to say you don’t have to cover up at all. I’m not comfortable with that, I’m just not. It’s really in your face." The bill was amended to make it ambiguous whether a mama needs a cover, but passed.
  3. The Fortune 500 has its first openly lesbian leader. Beth Ford became the first openly gay woman to be appointed as CEO to a Fortune 500 company, stepping up as #1 at Land O'Lakes. She says she is proud this has been deemed an important milestone for LGBTQ+ advocates, but is no doubt scratching her head just like us that this should be a milestone at all in 2018.
  4. Japan is encouraging people to start work late on Mondays to improve their work-life health. In the latest attempt to address the work hours that are slowly killing us all, Japan is launching a "Shining Monday" campaign, asking businesses stretch out the weekend by letting employees start late on Mondays. (If they want any hope of it working, they should check out the tips from our recent interview with Andrew Barnes of Perpetual Guardian about the firm's successful four day work week trial.)
  5. Send your vitamins to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The 85 year old Supreme Court Justice just assured CNN that she plans to stay on the court for at least five more years - until she is 90 - and has hired law clerks for the next two terms. Lucky she's fighting fit.

Have a great weekend, Mindr family. See you next week.

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Parenthood has been all over the news this week, in good ways and bad. Here's what you missed:

  1. Giving the gift of parental leave. There's a hot new trend of people gifting their pregnant colleagues vacation days to add to their maternity leave, which is a sweet gesture. But it's pretty appalling that we need to resort to the kindness of individuals in order to secure new parents the time off that they need.
  2. Speaking of leave, companies want dads to take more of it. The Wall Street Journal  surveyed 1,000 workers and found that one third of the men were too scared to take parental leave, but that their companies want them to. This is because companies have found that people who take their leave are more productive when they return, with fewer absences.
  3. A 4 day work week might make us more productive. A New Zealand firm just tested the idea for six weeks, having its employees work 4 days while being paid for 5, and called the trial a "resounding success." And people are pretty excited about it. We caught up with Andrew Barnes, the firm's founder and the innovator behind the trial.
  4. Is motherhood having a 'moment' in pop culture? From Chrissy Teigen breastfeeding on Instagram to Serena playing for the moms, there have been a lot of #mompower moments in the news lately. But a widely circulated article in Glamour argues that it's not all positive, wondering if we're "fetishizing the idea of motherhood—and whether we're prioritizing veneration over equality."
  5. More than 450 migrant parents may have been deported without their children. The Trump Administration told a federal court this week that hundreds of parents from separated families are no longer in the country. The government's previous estimate of the number of cases was just 12.

Only three sleeps next until our next Mindr event! Come join us at Bluestone Lane to hear from accidental advocate Audrey Symes, who couldn't believe it when she found out how many families can't afford diapers and has now donated 25,000 of them, with just her trusty stroller and changemaker daughter in tow.

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