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Always On My Mind

Posted by savannahkase on May 19, 2017 in Pregnancy, Research, Woman Power |

We have all heard of “pregnancy brain” and I’m pretty sure it’s been around since before there was science to confirm it. I can imagine ancient cave woman explaining to their partners that they forgot to tend to the fire because they were out hunting for herbs and it completely slipped their minds. Through my […]

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New Year, Old Me

Posted by savannahkase on January 11, 2016 in Current Events, Personal, Woman Power, Work/Life Balance |

Over the last month, like many others around the world, I have been pondering what resolutions I should make going into 2016.  After rejecting at least a dozen as unrealistic (exercising 30 minutes a day), inconsequential (quitting my decades-old nail-biting habit), or just silly (learning to hula hoop), I started wondering why I felt so […]

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Independence is Over-Rated

Posted by savannahkase on July 8, 2015 in Advice, Parenting, Personal, Uncategorized, Woman Power, Work/Life Balance, Working Mom |

I’ve been thinking a lot about independence lately. As a synonym for “self-determination,” independence seems like a worthy aspiration for any individual or entity. Every child struggles to demonstrate self-sufficiency; even my toddler vehemently declares “I do it” when there is no chance he can carry the heavy grocery bag or fix a broken toy. […]

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From Dawn Into Darkness

Posted by savannahkase on February 23, 2015 in Lessons From Little Ones, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Pregnancy, Second Child, Woman Power |

My long-awaited baby girl, who we named Aurora (“Goddess of the Dawn”), arrived with the sun two weeks ago. The week leading up to her birth presented physical and emotional challenges I had not anticipated, but the two weeks since she was born have been more difficult than I could have imagined. I want to […]

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Is Pregnancy a Disability?

Posted by savannahkase on January 13, 2015 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Woman Power, Work/Life Balance, Working Mom |

Does being pregnant entitle someone to special treatment? I think most would unequivocally agree that yes, a healthy young man should give up his seat on the bus to a visibly pregnant woman, and it is courteous (although not yet required by social etiquette) to allow a pregnant woman in urinary distress to cut to […]

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Random Rant: Please Vote!

Posted by savannahkase on October 30, 2014 in Advice, Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Research, Woman Power |

I believe that most Americans truly value our democratic system, and yet, we consistently fail to strengthen and uphold that system by supporting democracy’s central tenet – universal, confidential voting. Among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), average voter turnout is above 70%, with countries like Austria and Italy regularly showing […]

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Leading on Leave?

Posted by savannahkase on October 15, 2014 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Research, Second Child, Woman Power, Working Mom |

With my second baby due in just over three months, I have begun to think about my upcoming maternity leave. The idea of having dedicated time to care for and bond with my new baby seemed idyllic before I knew anything about it. Although I consider myself an informed individual, I’ll admit I was shocked […]

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Working 9-to-5

Posted by savannahkase on November 24, 2013 in Personal, Woman Power, Working Mom |

I slept in on Friday (thanks to my superhero husband – love you, honey!), so sidled into my office un-showered around 9:30am. Before I had even logged onto my computer, my boss appeared in my doorway and asked if I would join him for a coffee. He said he was concerned about my work hours […]

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I am a Feminist: Part II

Posted by savannahkase on November 8, 2013 in Personal, Woman Power |

After I posted Part I of this series, my husband remarked: “I read your newest post; I had no idea you were a feminist.” I looked at him aghast. “No offense,” he went on, “I just didn’t realize it was a cause you championed.” I was not sure whether to be amused or offended. What did […]

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I am a Feminist: Part I

Posted by savannahkase on October 30, 2013 in Personal, Woman Power, Working Mom |

“Our job is not to make young women grateful, it is to make them ungrateful so they keep going.” – Susan B. Anthony (as quoted by Gloria Steinem) In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg recounts her sense of indignation after being patted on the head by then-Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neil, while serving as a […]

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