From Wall Street hot shot to wife and mother
Prompted by a media explosion around the author of a novel called Meternity, Serena Sigillito of Public Discourse disputes the idea that maternity leave is time off for a woman to focus on herself and be fulfilled. No, she says, "in my experience, the transformative power of motherhood is precisely that it forces you to focus on someone other than yourself." Her thoughtful reflection gets to the root of what ails so many women today.
One who found out the hard way is former Wall Street executive Erin Callan Montella, author of a new memoir, Full Circle: A memoir of leaning in too far and the journey back. In a short interview with Melissa Langsam Braunstein she talks about how she nearly missed out on creating for herself the very things she had prioritised as a child and young adult. She has some excellent advice.
Finally there's Pope Francis, telling a grandmotherly and rather weary old Europe that he dreams of her becoming young again and "still capable of being a mother". With this simple human image he conveys a lot.
Actually, there is one more -- important -- thing: the Global Home Survey is a study that aims to raise awareness of the value of the worlk of the home. They are asking women and men throughout the world who are involved in running a home to do a 15-minute survey. They are especially keen for our Australian readers to participate and get their friends to do so. Find the survey here: http://www.
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Pope Francis | ABOVE | 13 May 2016
On receiving the Charlemagne Prize Francis said he dreamed of 'a Europe that is young, still capable of being a mother'.
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Stewart Maganga | HARAMBEE | 13 May 2016
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|From Wall Street hot shot to wife and mother|
Melissa Langsam Braunstein | FAMILY EDGE | 13 May 2016
Erin Callan Montella, former CFO of Lehman Brothers, talks about life and meaning.
|Are immigrants a boon for fertility rates?|
Marcus Roberts | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY | 13 May 2016
The Economist suggests "no".
|You don’t need ‘Meternity’ leave to be happy|
Serena Sigillito | FEATURES | 13 May 2016
You just need to love someone else more than yourself.
|Belgium to Canada: Hello? Hello? Don’t do it!|
Michael Cook | CAREFUL! | 13 May 2016
First in a series of videos about euthanasia in Belgium
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