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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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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