Saturday Layover for September 24th, 2011

Saturday Layover for September 24th, 2011

Christy Turlington Burnes Jennifer Burden

Christy Turlington Burns of Every Mother Counts and Jennifer Burden of World Moms Blog at the Social Good Summit in NYC.

What an inspiring week at the Social Good Summit in NYC hosted by the UN Foundation, Mashable and 92Y!  I was lucky enough to meet Caroline Barrett of the UN Foundation at BlogHer in San Diego last month, who invited me to the event.  (Thank you, Caroline!)

The commute from where I live in New Jersey to the Upper East side in Manhattan took me over 2 hours to get to each way.  I travelled with my breastfeeding baby and even one day with both, my baby and my 4 year old. I took trains and buses.

Yes, the commute was more of a challenge than my normal cushy stay-at-home-mom 10 minute drive in my minivan to the grocery store, and my back is killing me, but there are people out there who desperately need our help!  They kept me motivated and going back for more – so worth it! (more…)

Jennifer Burden

Jennifer Burden is the Founder and CEO of World Moms Network, an award winning website on global motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. World Moms Network writes from over 30 countries, has over 70 contributors and was listed by Forbes as one of the “Best 100 Websites for Women”, named a “must read” by The New York Times, and was recommended by The Times of India. She was also invited to Uganda to view UNICEF’s family health programs with Shot@Life and was previously named a “Global Influencer Fellow” and “Social Media Fellow” by the UN Foundation. Jennifer was invited to the White House twice, including as a nominated "Changemaker" for the State of the World Women Summit. She also participated in the One Campaign’s first AYA Summit on the topic of women and girl empowerment and organized and spoke on an international panel at the World Bank in Washington, DC on the importance of a universal education for all girls. Her writing has been featured by Baby Center, Huffington Post,, the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life, and The Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists.” She is currently a candidate in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in the Executive Masters of Public Affairs program, where she hopes to further her study of global policies affecting women and girls. Jennifer can be found on Twitter @JenniferBurden.

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NEW JERSEY, USA: Thank You, Claire Dunphy

On a typical Wednesday night, I’m getting home from work at around 8:30 pm, having a glass of wine, and watching the sitcom, Modern Family, with my husband.  By the time I get home, both kids are already asleep, and I’m exhausted after a long day.

This aforementioned day includes taking my daughter to and from a three-hour stint at preschool, while making sure my two-year-old son doesn’t cause grave injury to himself (or me for that matter).  Then, at 3:00 pm, the babysitter comes over, and I’m off to work until 8:00 pm.

I know that a lot of other women juggle much more than I do, but keeping two children clean, clothed and fed, while chipping away at the household chores, is more than I can handle sometimes.  That’s why it’s so refreshing to watch a show like Modern Family, where it’s okay to be a mom with imperfections. (more…)