This essay may — at first glance — appear to be a bit off the health beat. But employment equity is important to health status, for women and their children. Edgar effectively points out the difference between the challenges “narrow, elite women at the top” face (such as Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg) — and the fear women at lower rungs of the economy deal with every day: the potential of losing a job because a child is ill and needs care, or because the babysitter called in sick.

There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about women in the workplace. From Anne-Marie Slaughter’s complaining about not “having it all,” to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg exhorting women to “lean in” to their careers (translation: suck it up) and not let little things like babies disrupt their rise to the top, to Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer

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