The Family Way

We are now in hurry-up-and-wait mode. We may not know until June what the U.S. Supreme Court decides about Peggy Young’s suit against United Parcel Service. And that decision is anyone’s guess, since court watchers report that the justices were guarded during oral argument. Young was a UPS delivery driver in Maryland in 2006, when she … Continue reading

Where Are Television’s Good Dads?

  Where are the men? In the Father Knows Best era, we could assume they were in (nearly) every home with a wife and child. As David Frum referenced in his recent, provocative Atlantic article, that’s no longer the case: As the wages of non-college-educated men have tumbled, marriage has looked like an increasingly pointless and even dangerous choice … Continue reading

Moms And Dads, Don’t Fear Your Princesses

Programmer and writer David Auerbach recently took to the pixels of Slate to fret that his preschooler loves princesses. He writes: “When my 4-year-old told me the other day that she was ‘ready for princesses,’ part of me died.” Most offensive, it seems, is that the four-year-old daughter’s preferred princesses are insufficiently Progressive. These princesses apparently … Continue reading

What Do Employers Owe Pregnant Employees?

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case testing the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, the federal law that protects working mothers. The trouble is, no one is clear on precisely what that means. Petitioner Peggy Young was a UPS delivery driver in Maryland when she became pregnant in 2006. Young’s … Continue reading

Working Mother’s Lawsuit: Strange Bedfellows?

All working mothers – and those who aspire to someday be mothers – should have their eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court this week. On Wednesday morning, the Court heard oral argument in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. In this case, Peggy Young, a former UPS delivery driver in Maryland, is suing UPS for not accommodating her with light-duty work … Continue reading

Jane, the (Charming, Pregnant) Virgin

Imagine a show about the adventures of a young, comely virgin. Doubt it’d exist? Jane the Virgin, adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela, is a new CW abshow that’s original, affable, and surprisingly respectful of religious believers. The show offers a new twist on traditional mores—provocatively and comically—asking: What happens when the wrong woman is artificially … Continue reading