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Bentley College Women's Leadership Institute Presents 'Mommy Wars' February 28

February 9, 2007

Author and editor Leslie Morgan Steiner will present a frank discussion of American motherhood from the perspectives of stay-at-home and career moms on Wednesday, February 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the LaCava Campus Center Executive Dining Room on the Bentley College campus in Waltham. The event is free and open to the public.

The discussion, 'Mommy Wars,' is co-sponsored by the Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) and the Women's Alumnae Chapter at Bentley.

Steiner will discuss her book, Mommy Wars: Stay-At-Home and Career Moms Face Off On Their Careers, Their Lives, Their Families (Random House, 2006), a compilation of essays by working and stay-at-home moms who describe with candor and humor their lives, their families, their work, and the choices they've made. Contributing writers include Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley, Veronica Chambers and Susan Cheever.

"Despite the many career opportunities available to today's women, the question of how to juggle career and family responsibilities remains a difficult and divisive issue," says Marianne DelPo Kulow, law professor and director of the WLI. "There are no easy, cookie cutter answers for how to do this best, but our hope is that the event will help women to be more thoughtful and intentional in their approach to their careers and motherhood."

Leslie Morgan Steiner currently writes the popular "On Balance" online column for The Washington Post. As a mother of three and a former executive at The Post, Johnson & Johnson and Leo Burnett, Steiner lived and breathed every side of the "mommy wars" and decided to do something about it by compiling the Mommy Wars book. She is a member of Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), serves on the board of trustees for the Wharton Alumni Council and The Maret School, and is a former spokeswoman for The Harriet Tubman Center in Minneapolis, the country's oldest shelter for abused women and children. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Registration for the event is recommended. To register, please visit and click on "events." For more information about the Women's Leadership Institute, go to


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