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‘Childless’ or ‘Childfree': The Difference Matters

Language matters. "Childless" and "childfree" are not interchangeable terms.

Mother’s Day is a great time to remind ourselves that language matters, and that the experience of not wanting children in a world where women are defined by their reproductive desire and potential is very different than being a woman who would like to be a parent some day.

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The Mother’s Day Myth: How We Thank Moms for Their ‘Free’ Labor

Mother's Day gifts from a child or spouse are sweet, but on a broader level, a genuine celebration of mom’s labor would be if our society ensured her economic security.

Mother’s Day gifts from a child or spouse are sweet, but on a broader level, a genuine celebration of mom’s labor would be if our society ensured her economic security.

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Honey Maid Gives Beautiful Response to Bigotry

Graham cracker brand Honey Maid released a commercial this March emphasizing all kinds of families, including a gay couple and an interracial couple. The reactions to this commercial were disappointing at best, but Honey Maid’s response to those bigoted reactions is inspiring—and, truly, wholesome. [via Bilerico]

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Successful Home Visit Program for Mothers and Infants Lacks Long-Term Funding

(left to right) Chrystal Towne, RN; her former client, Sheren Sucilla, and Darcy Lowell, MD, testify on the effectiveness of the Maternal, Infant and EArly Childhood Home Visiting Program in the hearing room of the House Ways and Means Committee.

A hearing on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program revealed impressive results for the low-income families it serves, and the money it saves taxpayers. But its funding runs out in six months.

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Revised Child-Care Block Grant Program Passes Senate

Sponsored by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the bill updates the federal child-care and after-school grant program with requirements for professional development, education guidelines, and criminal background checks.

Sponsored by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the bill updates the federal child-care and after-school grant program with requirements for professional development, education guidelines, and criminal background checks.

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Study: Other Factors May Be Responsible for the Health Benefits Ascribed to Breastfeeding

A new study suggests that other characteristics of the women and families who breastfeed may be responsible for improving their infants’ health—not just the act of nursing or breast milk itself.

A new study suggests that other characteristics of the women and families who breastfeed may be responsible for improving their infants’ health—not just the act of nursing or breast milk itself.

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‘His Adopted Daughter': How the Media Tells Dylan Farrow’s Story

There's a tendency in our society to think of relationships formed by adoption as somehow less real than those rooted in biology. This may explain why so much of the discussion of Farrow's story of abuse has focused on her status as an adopted person.

There’s a tendency in our society to think of relationships formed by adoption as somehow less real than those rooted in biology. This may explain why so much of the discussion of Farrow’s story of abuse has focused on her status as an adopted person.

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Marital Status Doesn’t Cause Poverty—Not Having Money Does

Poverty is caused by not having enough money. This should be obvious, but clearly it needs to be said more often.

Conservatives have been turning up the volume on the irrational, unevidenced claim that poverty is caused by not being married. In reality, poverty is caused by not having enough money. This should be obvious, but it clearly needs to be said more often.

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Why the ‘Good Mother’ Myth Has Got to Go: A Q&A With Avital Norman Nathman

The "good mother" myth is an amalgamation of all the supposed good or "right" things a mother should be.

RH Reality Check recently spoke with Avital Norman Nathman, editor of The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality, about toxic ideas of perfection, parenting, and gender.

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FAMILY Act Would Guarantee Paid Family and Medical Leave for All Workers

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (at the podium) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (to her left) announcing the introduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act Thursday.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Rosa DeLauro introduced new legislation Thursday to create a national family and medical leave insurance program.

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