There are many reasons to be jealous of Heather Armstrong of dooce.com. There’s the fact that she makes a living supporting her entire family by writing a blog, or that’s she’s a super talented writer (she would choose better words than super talented!), or how about her amazing photography? Let’s not forget the fact that she can get her dog, Chuck, to keep anything on his head (including a lit candle) and pose for a photograph.
All of that is plenty to promote jealousy, but what I’m envious of is her trip to Washington this week to represent women and mothers during the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility. I would love to be there too! How incredible a moment it will be to watch this important forum take place. To see an open discussion about how America needs to embrace flexibility and help create balance for American families.
The White House Web site says,
The President and First Lady will discuss the importance of creating workplace practices that allow Americaâ€™s working men and women to meet the demands of their jobs without sacrificing the needs of their families.”
This sounds good. It continues with …
Millions of women and men across the country struggle to balance the demands of their jobs and the needs of their families. Too often, caring for a child or an aging parent can strain a career– sometimes to the point of job loss,â€ said President Obama.”
Good. Good. Good.
I may not be there, but I suspect Heather Armstrong and the others who have been invited will do a great job representing the rest of us. The forum takes place March 31 and you bet I’ll be following it. You can too — go to BlogHer at 2:30 EDT to see it streaming.