Disengaging from the Mommy Wars

by Kaylie Astin To listen to some reports, you’d think President Obama is a stay-at-home mother hater. Here are his controversial words, from an Oct. 31 speech in Rhode Island: “Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of […]

A Good News Minute: The CES Policy Change

by Naomi Watkins News broke on Friday regarding a Church Educational System (CES) policy change that now allows LDS women with children at home to work for pay as full-time seminary and institute teachers*. To clarify, women with children have been and are currently seminary teachers working in volunteer roles. Growing up in Southern California, […]

Career Day: Physician Assistant

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Megan and I grew up in rural eastern Oregon. I live in Nampa, a suburb of Boise, Idaho. My husband and I met at Utah State University and were married while still undergrads. Together we obtained our Master’s degrees in Physician Assistant […]

Career Day with Neylan McBaine

Neylan McBaine, founder of the Mormon Women Project and brand strategist, discusses her job and her new book, Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact. Tell us a little about yourself and about your job.  I was born and raised in New York City and always thought I would do something in the arts since […]

I am Nothing if Not Flexible

by Nan In the spring I wrote about finding out my temporary teaching contract was going to be terminated and my hope that my administration would find a way to keep me on in light of my positive performance reviews and broad skill set. My principal found me after school one day in mid-May to […]

The Best Insurance (Read: Independence) Policy

by Nan Many years ago I sat in a teacher’s lounge during lunch picking the brains of the more experienced teachers regarding issues typical to teachers’ unions—class size, salary, retirement contributions, and insurance. The school was a very conservative one in northern Utah, where the majority of my colleagues were LDS women. However, this is […]


(And, yes, that stairwell is real.) by Hadley Duncan Howard I stayed up nearly all night, glued to the television. It was Election Night 2000, the night that no news network could predict or call a clear victor in the presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. I stayed with my favorite newsman […]

Social Media Strategist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Alison J. Herzog and I live in Salt Lake City.  I grew up outside of San Francisco and in Southern Oregon.  My father was based in San Francisco as an international airline pilot which contributed to my love for travel and global […]

Career Day: Human Resources

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? My name is Jennifer. I moved to Texas 15 years ago as a young single adult. It is here that I met my husband and decided on a career (but not in that order). When I arrived in Texas, I had a degree from BYU […]

Career Day: Librarian

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Amy Sorensen. I’m a Utah County native—I grew up in Springville, Utah, and now I live ten miles north (in Orem). I have four kids: my daughter Haley is at her first year of college, and I’ve got my three boys, Jake, […]

Clearing the Path

Image credit: Avery Studio by Tiffany Gee Lewis I had an epiphany last week. Our family was in South Florida for spring break, enjoying the beach and visiting old friends. One of my good friends, Sharon, is expecting her fifth child and runs a successful modeling management company, a job she is able to do […]

A Few Tips When Seeking a Childcare Provider

by Kris Tina Carlston Working outside the home, I sometimes feel like my second shift starts at 5:30 pm and sometimes . . . I’m just not up for it. I love reading articles and anecdotes by others that talk about how it is possible and fulfilling to work outside the home and raise a […]

Career Day: International Development

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? I’m Jana Prins Kala, originally from Southern California. I now live in the distant suburbs of Washington, DC. I met my husband about a year after moving to DC. He’s from Virginia, and at the time we met, he worked with his father as a […]

(And So Do I)

A row of Harrods employees, each wearing the uniform of a different women’s service during World War II. by Hadley Duncan Howard Here we go again. We come home from church, and try to undo the damage done when some very sincere speaker has again furthered the idea that women’s work is only valuable – […]

Career Day: Internal Medicine Physician

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? I am a 44-year-old mother of five daughters living in East Texas, where I also grew up. I am an internal medicine physician (basically a doctor for adults). I see elderly patients in nursing homes and also terminally ill patients in their homes for a […]

Choosing to be Brave

Packard family photos by http://brookeschultzphotography.com/ by Anna Packard No one told me how much bravery would be required to become a parent. I also never realized the bravery required to navigate the messy world of being a working mom until it became my life. I feel like I am currently in the working mom’s trenches. I […]

Love in the Time of Strep: Sharing Household Tasks

by Nan Within a few months of marriage, I began working full time as a teacher while my husband was in school. It was my first time at a middle school and I was creating most of my curriculum from scratch. I worked many hours and came home very late each afternoon exhausted and overwhelmed. […]

Career Day: Economist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Martha Stinson and I live in Alexandria, Virginia, right outside Washington, D.C.   I have a Ph.D. in economics and work for the U.S. Census Bureau, helping to collect, analyze, and distribute data about households in the United States. What does your job […]

More Tips on Working (outside the home) While Having a Young Family

Image credit: Doug Shall by Kris Tina Carlston Following up on last month’s post regarding working outside the home, I was thrilled with some of the comments and suggestions presented by several readers. Because I enjoyed the discussion so much, this month I wanted to provide a part II and discuss some of the ideas […]

Having a Purpose for Your Work, Take 2

Image credit: Michelle Jaciubek by Nan Last month I wrote with much conviction about the importance of having a sense of purpose in your work. I made reference to my family of medical professionals and engineers as well as my own vocation as a teacher. Obviously, the focus of the essay was on career-type work. But […]

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