Every year we seem to find something that fuels working mom blogs and gives us room for debate. But 2012 was a year to remember. From all the controversy around the election to several high-profile working mom blog and media stories, the headlines seemed to give us entries into every hot topic for mommy blogs and real-life mothers alike.
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Arguably the top story of 2012, for working moms and the entire population, was the presidential election, which touched on issues of interest to moms from the economy to the glass ceiling
and reproductive rights. One notable episode involved Democratic lobbyist Hilary Rosen's comment about Ann Romney
disparaging her lack of work experience. Naturally, that fuelled blogs, the mommy wars' fire and gave the talk show circuit some fresh material. And who could forget the longevity of candidate Mitt Romney's comment about the "binders full of women
" that his staff collated for possible jobs in his administration as Massachusetts governor.
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Another lasting topic was whether women can have it all
when it comes to work and family, kicked off by Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter's cover story in the Atlantic Magazine on the question. Expect this one to stick around for debate for a while. (And note that Slaughter is working on a book on the subject.)
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I wasn't the only working mom blown away when Yahoo's new Chief Executive Marissa Mayer took maternity leave
of a scant week with her first child. Clearly, this is an option used mostly by the very rich or very poor, and I'm still not sure it carries many lessons for the rest of us. But we can all applaud the Yahoo board naming her CEO while expecting her son -- no pregnancy discrimination
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The Summer Olympics came to London this year, showcasing Olympic working moms
such as cyclist Kristin Armstrong, basketball player Candace Parker and volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings, who took home her third gold medal in the summer 2012. These Olympic working moms
give our daughters role models, and are a delight to cheer on.
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Television and the movies provide an exaggerated or oversimplified view of the tradeoffs we all make each day, but at least they bring the key issues to light. Take Julia in the TV show Parenthood
questioning her high-powered legal career. Or -- new to DVD in 2012 -- the Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle I Don't Know How She Does It.
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Another perennial working moms blog topic is managing summer camp
selection and schedules, as well as the so-called family vacation
that often ends up being more work than your 9-to-5 job! Not that either is easy, but each year they seem to get a bit more streamlined. Or perhaps we're simply getting better at the juggle.
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Whether you're a super-ambitious working mom or simply punching the clock for a paycheck, it makes sense to maximize your earning potential for the hours that you are at work. When I blogged about moms hiring a career coach I was surprised by how many people were interested in the question. It's just one of several smart ways to climb the corporate ladder.
What will 2013 hold for working moms? Stick around this mommy blog and Web site. You can be sure I'll write all about it.