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Express Yourself

Posted by savannahkase on September 25, 2015 in Personal, Working Mom |

This post was written in mid-August, during National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, but I forgot to post it before I went on vacation. Better late than never! The poster in the elevator last week made me do a double-take. I was standing right next to it on the morning ride to my office, mentally preparing for […]

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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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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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Shout-Out to My Better Half

Posted by savannahkase on October 2, 2014 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Working Mom |

Today is my husband’s birthday, which seems like a good excuse to openly express my appreciation for all that he is and does. At this phase in his life, my husband is struggling to define himself. Especially in a career-oriented place like Washington, D.C. – where every conversation begins: “What’s your name and what do […]

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Mom Guilt

Posted by savannahkase on April 23, 2014 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Working Mom |

“Mom guilt is the phrase of the day,” wrote Jamee Tenzer on her Momiverse blog last week. Of all the pressures women face – as daughters, professionals, friends, students, athletes, artists, wives, politicians, etc. – it seems that we are most affected by our role as mother. Of course, I feel bad when I cannot attend a […]

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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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Escaping the Office

Posted by savannahkase on October 25, 2013 in Advice, Working Mom |

TGIF! In honor of the end of the workweek (my first full week back at work since the government shutdown), I thought I’d write about how to escape the office in time to hang out with your family on the weeknights. One of my favorite anecdotes from Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In was her description of the […]

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Dressed for Success?

Posted by savannahkase on October 21, 2013 in Personal, Working Mom |

Fall is here in Washington, D.C. so I have been struggling to find work attire that is warm enough for my morning and evening walks to/from the office but cool enough not to make me sweat in our over-heated (in my opinion) building. I appreciate that women have more options for professional attire than men – […]

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