Patricia Arquette Speaks Up for Women at the 87th Annual Academy Awards

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Regardless of your income, regardless of your race, regardless of your gender; you have the freedom in America to voice your opinion. The 2015 Oscars were bland to say the least, that is until Patricia Arquette stole the show with the resounding plea for equal pay for equal work.

“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” she announced. “It is our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America!”

Some gather that her speech was fueled by the most recent email leak at Sony Pictures that revealed a stark pay gap between female and male executives at the studio. Others (including many women to my dismay) discredited her statement as just another rich woman, not worthy of the complaint because of her current wage success. Emma Watson’s involvement in the He for She Campaign has sited that without the help of men, we cannot progress to a culture where feminism is accepted, not shunned and when women speak about equal rights, they are praised, not criticized. But what about women standing up for other women who fight for gender equality?

Here are a few of my favorites…

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My plea for the day is; speak up for your daughters and teach your sons to support women. I want my children to grow up in a world with self respect, cognizant of their self worth and compensated for their efforts on an equal pay scale to those of the opposite sex. We at Blissfulmamas applaud the effort of Patricia Arquette, as a woman, a mother, an actor, and an activist who utilized her 30 seconds of honor to honor us all and to speak up for women’s rights to equal pay for equal work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BLISSFULMAMAS

dsc_0013Blissfulmamas is inspired by living in the moment, embracing the chaos and enjoying the crazy wonderful ride of motherhood. As working professionals, we really do have it all! Come as you are and embrace it. Families are like snowflakes, each different and unique, no two the same. The antiquated idea of the perfect roadmap to raising a family, balancing a professional job, and everything else in and between is long overdue for a make over! Blissfulmamasis a networking community for working mamas with a positive outlook, looking to collaborate with each other on career advancements, job opportunities, managing and organizing family life, without forgetting about the long overdue personal “me” time. Our goal is to act as a positive outreach for working mamas and be a place where working mamas can collaborate & find resources, all available on the go!

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Boston Mom’s Blog!

We are proud and honored to announce that we will be contributing to the Boston Moms Blog, part of the City Moms Blog family!! The official launch date is February 18th, but in the meantime please “like” Boston Moms Blog on Facebook! We’re so excited to be part of this fabulous group of local moms and look forward to sharing more details as they come!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and Blissfulmamas!
Much love,
Erin and Becky

MA Conference for Women: Why Hillary Clinton is the Most Influential Woman of Our Time.

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After attending the MA Conference for Women in Boston last Thursday, December 4th, it took me some time to process what I had just experienced. In a sea of over 10,000 women, how do you decipher the takeaways?  For me it was easy. Hillary.

Photo via Getty Images at nypost.com

Photo via Getty Images at nypost.com

Amid the surface level discussions of leaning in, work-life balance, and how to become a super negotiator, the conference was riddled with key note speakers who had something important to say: Today we stand with women of all cultures, different professions, and we join together to celebrate our success.

The Former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton joined the conference poised and ready to discuss current events. She touched upon the Brown Ferguson tragedy in addition to the Garner case, noting that “these are our sons, our brothers” and the most important thing that each of us can do is to try harder to see the world through our neighbor’s eyes. She was distinct in her positioning on the fact that weapons of war have no place on our streets, yet thoughtful in her words on how these events affect our lives, our children, our future.

…I know that a lot of hearts are breaking, and we’re asking ourselves aren’t these our sons and brothers?….We have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance…These are our streets, our children, our fellow Americans, and our grief…

When raising a boy, the crash-bang-boom of it all is silenced when you see a tragedy like this. Could this happen to my child when he grows older? How does his skin color protect or portray my child in a way that makes him dangerous? It’s a tough pill to swallow.

Hillary traversed into crediting our founding Massachusetts mothers, my personal favorite Abigail Adams, who was a pioneer for women’s rights. She quickly uncovered the raw truth in how the gender pay gap continues, the difficulty in balancing motherhood and work, and how women get the motherhood penalty, while men often get the pay bump. The ringing truth of these challenges faced by all women who remain focused on their career in addition to having children, is a sound reminder of the enormous work that lies ahead. Massachusetts is only the 3rd state in the country to require paid leave for personal or family member sick time.

…Paid leave is absolutely essential in the work world….We need to get paid leave provisions on every state ballot by 2016…

The thing I most appreciated was the honest dialog, her resonance in talking about the hard issues that women face today and the criticism we all receive for having these conversations. As women continue to have these conversations, we are enabled to grow with a resounding voice. The world needs more Hillary Clinton’s. We need women who have a voice, and offer their insight into important issues. The platform for these topics must be broached.  This is our opportunity to propel this movement into the 21st Century, and influence each other in a sense that we can experience the change first hand, rather than waiting for generations to come.

In my final notes on the keynote luncheon, I found the following quotes;

…Talent is universal. But opportunity is not….

…When women and girls are given opportunities, Nation’s prosper…

…The women of Massachusetts have changed history time and again and I believe they can do it still…

…There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”… via Madeleine Albright

You can see Hillary’s speech from the 10th Annual MA Conference for Women here:

 

WiLab Feature; Blissfulmamas is on a Mission to Bring You Work-Life Balance and Bliss!

We are truly honored to be featured by WiLab in their most recent post; Working Mom Series: Blissfulmamas is on a Mission to Bring You Work-Life Balance and Bliss!

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Thanks for the love WiLab!

Have a Blissful Night!!

Erin & Becky

Thank you!

sunflowersWe have been so honored by our recent featured mamas, and their willingness to share their stories and lives with us and our readers.  It has been inspiring to read everyone’s unique approach in navigating this world of the working mama.  One of the most amazing parts about this whole project is learning just how creative, smart and amazing we are as women and mothers.  It seems the time has come to really let all of our talents shine and to put our natural affinity for multitasking to the ultimate test!  We aren’t perfect, we may not always feel at the top of our game, but we’re a strong group who now have this incredible platform in which to support and encourage one another.

We are very grateful to our followers and hope you will continue on this journey with us as we work hard to expand our ideas and share more from hard working, dedicated moms that walk among us everyday.

With gratitude,
Blissfulmamas, Erin & Becky

our new adventure

Welcome to our new adventure! We (Becky & Erin) started blissfulmamas about six months ago after undergoing some major changes in our lives involving our careers, families & finding time for ourselves. In our search for a positive outlet, we found that most of the online mothers groups to be question forums, not really discussing specific strategies on how to be positive with a lot going on in life! The overall tone of these forums have been mixed with endless advice, negativity and over bloated with information. In our quest to balance the more challenging areas of being a working mama, the goal has focused towards highlighting our strengths & drawing from inspiration. Our ideas for blissfulmamas started in a place where we wanted to explore positivity in trying to find balance in our lives being working mamas. Over the past six months, the idea has been refined and focused on challenging working mamas today (our friends, colleagues, and all working mamas out there) to offer their own advice on what works and what doesn’t work when trying to balance the big three:

  1. Career
  2. Family
  3. Me

We started the Blissfulmamas Project to offer REAL advice from REAL women in the workforce who are balancing multiple facets of life & how to find that blissful place where you feel accomplished in all areas of life. This is an opportunity to learn about each other, personal ventures & successes, the industries that afford flexible schedules, the strategies that we use when needing some additional attention with our families and for me time. Each week, we will post a “Featured Mama” who has offered their 2-cents on how they feel about the big three and balance. These features will highlight working mamas so we can learn from, support and acknowledge all that we have accomplished!  In addition, we will offer insight into our own lives and will be posting about our adventures along the way, along with current articles & literature within each of these categories to offer a variety of viewpoints regarding these topics.

We are looking forward to our new direction and would love to hear from you! Please email us at blissfulmamas@gmail.com if you are interested in being featured! We would love to hear from the mamas out there who have started a new venture/and or have a flexible working situation! All advice is welcome.