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The Pill’s 50th Birthday

How was your Mother’s Day? I hope it was as relaxing and enjoyable as mine was. Mother’s Day is always special, but this year for us Moms we shared the day with a pretty big anniversary. ‘The Pill’ officially turned 50 on Mother’s Day.

From protests to controversy to liberation, the pill has been nothing short of a revolution for women around the world. Elaine Tyler May wrote a fabulous op-ed piece in the Washington Post where she touches on the many positive things the pill did for women, while also astutely mentioning important aspects of the pill that often get forgotten or ignored…

But there is a bitter irony in the fact that the same pill that gave mothers the ability to combine childbearing and a career by controlling fertility has also led many women to delay childbearing so long that they jeopardize that fertility. Contraception makes it possible to postpone motherhood, but it doesn’t solve the problem of how to combine caring for children with going to work. As a result, many women wait to have a child until they are financially secure enough to afford child care.

In some sense, the pill let employers and the government off the hook by giving women the means to juggle jobs and families. Sanger and Katharine McCormick hoped that the pill would allow women to control their lives, but they did not count on women being stuck with such hard choices. For while mothers’ lives have changed over the past 50 years, the work world has lagged behind: Most jobs are still 9 to 5 — or longer — leaving little time to care for children. The cost of child care is, for many women, ruinously high. Paid parental leave is still too rare, and where it exists, usually too brief. For the most part, it is women who, aided by the pill, have adjusted to the demands of the workforce, rather than the other way around.

The pill may have been a gift to mothers. But 50 years on, it could use some new accessories. This Mother’s Day, instead of jewelry, candy or flowers, how about some more novel presents: lengthy paid parental leaves, government-supported child care and flex-time.

Superwoman of the Day: Hungry Girl

I’ll admit it: I got sucked into watching Rachael Ray this morning as I plotted my writing schedule and Thanksgiving plans. It’s all Hungry Girl’s fault. She popped in as a guest and promised to make a fettuccine alfredo-like meal at just over 100 calories. Are you kidding me?! This makes her my hero.

Here’s the recipe. If you make it, PLEASE let me know how it turned out. If it’s as amazing as the calorie count, Hungry Girl may have a new disciple. Because I like my comfort food. But not what excessive carbs do to my waistline.

Hungry GirlHungry Girl’s Totally Pumpin’ Fettuccine
Per serving (entire recipe): 129 calories, 3g fat, 639mg sodium, 19g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 6g sugar, 7g protein

Ingredients:

1 package House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Shaped Noodle Substitute
One-half wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese
1/4 cup plain light soymilk
1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup fat-free chicken broth
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash black pepper
Optional: additional salt and black pepper
Yields: Makes 1 serving

Preparation:

Rinse and drain shirataki noodles well. Pat dry. Place noodles in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute.

Drain excess liquid from noodles. Dry noodles thoroughly, using paper towels to soak up as much moisture as possible. Cut noodles up a bit using a knife or kitchen shears. Set aside.

In a separate dish, combine soymilk, pumpkin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.

Bring a small saucepan to high heat. Add chicken broth, onion, garlic, and cheese wedge half. Stirring occasionally to break up the cheese, cook until broth has mostly evaporated, 2 to 4 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook for just 1 minute or so, until onion and garlic begin to brown. Add pumpkin mixture. Stir until sauce is thoroughly blended and hot.

Add sauce to your noodles and stir well. If you like, season to taste with more salt and pepper. Finish with Parm-style topping and enjoy.

Be sure to check out Hungry Girl’s official site. I might be in love.

Secrets of choosing the best insurance broker

Choosing an insurance broker in Barrie for your insurance needs can be a tricky and tiring experience. This is because one needs to choose who offers high-quality services with many years of experience. Below are tips for choosing the best insurance broker who meets your needs.

 

  • Do Your Homework

The first step is by shopping around to know all the brokers that offer insurance in your area. Searching around gives you an opportunity to review each person and learn more about them. One can also look for reviews online. Compare the brokers against each other and chose the one that meets your requirements. Alternatively, you can get referrals from friends and family members.

 

  • Cost

Since you are on a budget choose a broker that works for your budget. Ensure the costs match your budget. You can rule out brokers that are too high or too low according to your budget. Beware of cheap brokers some are not legit.

 

  • Experience

It is very important to select an insurance broker that is well established and has experience in their work. Know the qualifications of your broker and their bargaining power. Ask about where they studied, this way you will be safe when deciding to buy their insurance covers.

 

  • Service Range

Different brokers offer different services. To prevent miscommunications and interest of conflict problems with them, ask about their services. Examples of some services include cars insurance, education insurance or health insurance. If you only want to insure one thing, choose the broker that specializes in that field only.

  • Legislation

Ensure the insurance agents meet the recommended standards and regulations of the industry. A lot of insurance companies do not comply with these laws. Investigate the necessary legislation to know exactly what to look out for.

 

  • Negotiation Skills

Sometimes the experience of a broker does not mean they are good negotiators. Choose an agent who has the best negotiation skills. Ask them how they will help you if you happen to encounter a loss and need to file a claim. If their answers do not satisfy you, look for referrals from friends who have gone through the same process.

 

  • Carefully Review Your Contract

Carefully read through the contract and discuss all the terms with your brokers to avoid future miscommunications. In case of any questions, discuss them with the representative available. Look out for brokers that are too persistent or pressure you to sign their contracts.