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The paid family leave situation in America is so bad, mothers are conditioned to think that we’re “lucky” to get ANY time off at all to care for a new baby or adopted child. Erin Grau was a New York Times employee who wasn’t satisfied with “good enough” parental leave. So, along with a determined group of women, she fought to make it better for everyone at her company. Additional interview with Claire Cain Miller, reporter for the Upshot at the New York Times.In addition to Erin, Rebecca Grossman-Cohen, Alex Hardiman, Christine Hung, and Alex MacCallum worked to improve the New York Times’ parental leave policy. Additional field production on this episode by Molly Nugent.Photo on the right by Graham MacIndoe for Nieman Reports.JoinFor bonus content on this episode, and access to a members-only community launching this summer, become a member of The Double Shift for $5/mo. Go to thedoubleshift.com/joinResources“Where are the Mothers?” Read host Katherine Goldstein’s original reporting about how the women at the New York Times improved their parental leave.Making the case for parental leave with reporting from Claire Cain Miller:“The Economic Benefits of Paid Parental Leave.” “In Google’s Inner Circle, a Falling Number of Women.” “Wal-Mart and Now Starbucks: Why More Big Companies are Offering Paid Family Leave.”“With Paid Leave, Gates Foundation Says There Can Be Too Much of a Good Thing.” Read The NYTimes Parenting Section’s Guide to negotiating for parental leave:“How to Ask for Parental Leave When You’re an Hourly Worker” “How Freelancing Parents Can Create Maternity or Paternity Leave.”“How to Ask for Maternity or Paternity Leave When Your Company Has No Policy.” Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving, By Caitlyn CollinsAdditional organizations that support parental leave advocacy: Paid Leave US is a national advocacy organization aimed at getting national paid family leave by 2022. Check out their FAQ, templates for getting better workplace policies and a cost benefit analysis resource. A Better Balance has tons of resources on knowing your rights around family leave, pregnancy and more. National Domestic Workers Alliance has an online platform for paid leave for domestic workers.ThanksTHANKSTakecareof.com: For 25% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, use the code DoubleShift30.StoryWorth makes it easy and fun for your loved ones to share their stories, with weekly emailed story prompts go to Storyworth.com/DoubleShift for $20 off. ..read more
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Angelica Lindsey-Ali is the mother of four and a sex educator. She’s also a practicing Muslim who travels around the country with a bag full of rainbow dildos teaching mothers, women of color, and other muslim women that a sexually awakened woman is a powerful woman.... And the best “self care” of all might just be really mind-blowing sex.Membership: To get bonus content on this episode, become a member for $5/mo. thedoubleshift.com/join.ThanksWarby Parker: To order your free home try-ons to go Warbyparker.com/doubleshift. ..read more
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Author Amy Westervelt and host Katherine Goldstein discuss how we can recapture the revolutionary spirit of Mother’s Day... and why it’s time for us to put a dollar amount on all the invisible labor moms do to keep society and families running. Plus, we announce an awesome next step for The Double Shift... a membership program for listeners.To become a founding member of The Double Shift, go to thedoubleshift.com/join.To read Amy and Katherine’s essay on returning Mother’s Day to its revolutionary roots, click here.Check out our invisible labor calculator and to find out how much you should earn per year keeping your family (and society) running.ThanksThirdLove: For 15% your first order, go to Thirdlove.com/doubleshiftMyro: For 50% and to get started for just $5, go to mymyro.com/doubleshift and use promo code Doubleshift ..read more
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Most offices in America are still built by men, for men. Because of this, Tiffany Frye couldn't find any work and childcare arrangement that worked for her. So she built her own. We visit Nido, a workspace in North Carolina that puts the needs of mothers and children first. Photos by Lis TyrolerThanksGreen Chef: For $50 off your first box of Green Chef, go to GreenChef.us/doubleshift. ..read more
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Host Katherine Goldstein was dedicating her career to covering issues facing working moms when her own personal and work life came messily crashing together. Recorded as an audio diary, Katherine shares a very personal story about family, ambition, and loss.Here’s Katherine’s NYTimes article she references in this episode, “The Open Secret to Anti-Mom Bias at Work.”Photos by Katrina Williams at FiftyTwoHundred PhotoThanksThird Love: For 15% of your first purchase of a perfect fitting bra, go to thirdlove.com/doubleshift. Care.com: To save 30% off a premium membership, go to care.com/doubleshift ..read more
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Our "Mamas of the Brothels" episode took a lot to pull off. We tell some of the wild, behind-the-scenes stories about how this story about sex worker moms almost fell apart. Executive Producer Sarah Ventre shares how she pulled the story together by "brothel hopping" in a Tony Soprano car. Photos, left to right: Layloni, a working mom sex worker at the Sagebrush Ranch, the entrance to The Mustang Ranch, and Cumisha, a sex worker mom at The Kit Kat, posing with her Kitty of the Year Trophy in her room at the Brothel. Photos by Sarah Ventre. ..read more
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Natasha Star is one of the highest earning sex workers at the Sagebrush Ranch in Carson City, Nevada. She's also a mom to a five year-old son. In this episode we talk to moms, madams and experts to explore the perks and pitfalls of being a working mom when your office is a legal brothel. Additional Links and Resources about Sex WorkersOrganizations:Sex Workers Outreach ProjectGlobal Network of Sex Work ProjectsAwaken (Communities United to End Sex Trafficking) Books:Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex WorkHuman Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight How Mamas Love Their Babies  (Kids’ Book)Articles about recent news events:Former Workers’ Lawsuit Targets Nevada’s Brothels (Wapo)Behind Illicit Massage Parlors Lie a Vast Crime Network and Modern Indentured Servitude (NYTimes) Other reading:What It’s Like to be a Mom and a Sex Worker (Vice)The Mothers Secretly Working as Sex Workers (BBC)A Week As A Legal Sex Worker Who Booked $1 Million This Year (Refinery29) ThanksThirdlove.com: For 15% of your first purchase of a perfect fitting bra, go to thirdlove.com/doubleshift. Molekule.com: For $75 off your first order of a Molekule air filter, visit Molekule.com and checkout enter DOUBLESHIFT. ..read more
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Ashton Clemmons didn't think the voice of mothers was well represented in her state government in North Carolina. So in 2018, she became one of the unprecedented number of women running for office. This intimate audio documentary goes far beyond the smiling photo-ops and gives a very real look at what it's like to be a candidate with three little kids. Quotes“Running for office is very publicly vulnerable in a way I don't like to be.  To put yourself out there where you know how critical people are of politicians -- but the vast majority of people you're spending time with -- they're making a decision about you in about five seconds, right? And so that's pretty risky.“ —Ashton Clemmons “So every mom I know is stressed about being a good mom. No mom -- no mom is sitting there like, “I got this. I've got all of this.” You know -- but that's how -- that's how we feel we have to portray ourselves. So I think society, historically -- all of those things have created this pressure to feel that way.” — Ashton Clemmons“Women who are standing in front of a room making their case for why they deserve to be elected and and potential voters are raising their hands and saying, “But who's going to raise your children?” And that's just not a question that male candidates typically get.” -- Julie McClain Downey, Emily’s ListThanksCare/of is a monthly subscription vitamin service that delivers completely personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door. For 25% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter doubleshift at checkout.Catch a brand-new PAW Patrol on March 15th on Nickelodeon at 12/11c, followed by Top Wing at 12:30. Tune in! ..read more
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Nydia Sanchez runs one of Las Vegas' only overnight, 24-hour child care centers, serving 108 kids. Many of her clients are single moms who work in casinos, and as waitresses, nurses and dancers. We visit to find out how Nydia keeps her business affordable and serves a group of moms that many bosses, and politicians, and other daycare owners just don’t think about.Quotes“I thought to myself, ‘This is my daughter. I'm the one that should be taking her to the hospital.’ So I had to go to my boss and beg — beg him to allow me to leave to go take my daughter, who was hurt, to the doctor. And so he allowed me to take a late lunch to do that. But I had to return to work.” — Nydia Sanchez, owner of Peace Garden“Childcare is especially difficult for shift workers. It's an expensive thing to provide, an expensive thing to afford … what it costs to provide high quality child care is only available to the highest earners, and everybody else is kind of left scrambling trying to figure out something.” — Katie Hamm, VP of Childcare policy, Center for American Progress. ThanksSimple Health is a service for online birth control prescriptions with free home delivery. Get the $20 prescription fee waived by going to simplehealth.com/doubleshift or entering code doubleshift at checkout.LOLA offers a line of organic cotton tampons, pads, liners and all-natural cleansing wipes. For 40 percent off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter DOUBLESHIFT when you subscribe. ..read more
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For over 10 years, Louisa Rachel Solomon has been the front-woman for the rock band, The Shondes. She hasn't let pregnancy or parenthood slow her down. But she's now staring down a big existential question: How do you continue to have a creative and fulfilling professional life after you have a kid?To see additional photos of Louisa, go to our Instagram page. MusicThe Shondes’ songs in this episode were used with permission. They include the following:“Nothing More Whole Than A Broken Heart” (from The Garden)“The Garden” (from The Garden)“True North” (from Brighton)“Everything Good” (from Brighton)“Nights Like These” (from The Garden)“Extraordinary” (recorded live at The Pinhook in Durham, NC on Aug. 10, 2018)quotes“I’m much more concerned about what happens to this fetus if I’m depressed than I am about what happens to the fetus if I go down a water slide.”“People didn’t know I was pregnant until I took off my bass (guitar), and then they were like, ‘What the fuck?’” “It's really hard to know what your next move is career-wise when there's sort of nowhere to go.”“Being on stage for me feels very alive and having a living thing inside your body while doing that is you know an experience I wouldn't trade for anything.” “‘Some people would say, ‘You're such a hero’ — but I found it almost as off-putting as the people telling me I was like killing my baby by touring. Not quite as off-putting as that. But I'm not a hero. I'm doing what I want to do.”ThanksSpecial thanks to The Pinhook in Durham, North Carolina, Lewis Wallace, Katie Ross, The Shondes and the Southern Documentary Fund. This show is made possible in part through the generous support of the Ford Foundation. Our sponsors for this episode include Audible. For a free 30-day trial go to audible.com/doubleshift or text doubleshift to 500500. Another sponsor is Green Chef. For $50 off your first box, go to Greenchef.us/doubleshift ..read more

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