Monday, February 14, 2011
Happy Valentine's day!
I'm working two four-hour shifts at my aforementioned menial jobs, plus have two writing deadlines tomorrow (not to even get into the messy kitchen, lack of clean bath towels and near-empty fridge), so I have to make this brief, but I want to send a big happy VD <3 to all who have stopped by over the past couple of days, most tipped off by my piece in the Star Tribune and on The Journal in Ireland. (Irish visitors, I'd love to hear about how much support families and parents get in Ireland; I thought the United States was a real outlier with our lack of paid maternal leave, uneven child care facilities and rigid workplace rules, but my editor at The Journal says things are tough there, too.)
Once I get these pesky deadlines and work shifts out of the way, I have much more to say about some of the comments my essay has drawn, including our own Scott J.'s, rather strongly worded remarks right here on the blog (a couple of posts ago).
I also want to talk about my interview last week with Joan C. Williams, author of the fabulous Reshaping the Work-Family Debate, and discuss some of her ideas about how families can share responsibilities more equitably.
And I'd like to (a bit belatedly) discuss the survey conducted by VIDA, Women in Literary Arts, indicating that women writers and authors are woefully underrepresented in magazine articles and book reviews, respectively.