Thanks for your interest in WMW15, the 4th annual Women's Money Week. Any writer (regardless of gender -- men, we have some tips for you below) can participate in the week. This year's topic is parental leave. In previous years we've hosted a different topic each day. But this year's topic is so important we've decide to stick to focus on it for the entire week.
How to Participate in #WMW15
To participate in Women's Money Week, you need to do just 3 things:
1) (Optional) Sign up for this year's email list to get updates. We will only email you emails pertaining to the week.
2) Write a blog post or article about anything related to maternity leave/paternity leave/adoption leave/parental leave
3) Schedule the post(s) to occur between March 2 and March 8. (Sunday March 8th is International Women's Day, if you're looking for timeliness or relevancy.)
4) Fill out this form to submit to your posts. (This will ensure that you get linked to in each day's roundup of posts.)
5. (Optional) Promote at least 3 other posts. While it's not required to participate, we ask that each participant promote (either through Facebook, Twitter, and/or linking from your own site) at least 3 other posts.
6. Write early and often. In the past, bloggers have gotten press from their posts. Since March 8th is International Women's Day, there is a good hook for media looking for interesting topics, so if you write early in the week, there's a better chance you will get picked out for articles/media coverage on the 8th. We will pass along a list of blogs who are participating so that media can reach out to you.
WMW15 Topic: Parental Leave
Remember, the idea is to raise awareness about women's money issues, as they relate to parental leave. You can write about anything you're feeling inspired about that relates to parental leave, but if you're stuck, here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Your Story: What Sort of Maternity/Paternity Leave You Got (or Will Get) through Your Company; How that Affected You/Your Family
- Planning for Leave/How to Tell Work You're Pregnant (for Women) or Your Wife is Pregnant (for Men)
- The basics of the Family Medical Leave Act (FLMA) - how it works for men and women/ How Different States' Leave Policies Work (e.g. California has a paid leave program funded by taxes)
- How to Save Money to Pay for Lost Wages Maternity/Paternity Leave
- How to Save Money While on Leave (i.e. save money on baby items)
- How to Short Term Disability Insurance Works for Maternity Leave
- How to Negotiate for More Maternity/Paternity/Parental Leave
- Adoption Leave
- Companies with the Best Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leave
- For International Bloggers: How Parental Leave Works in Your Country
- How to Pay for/Plan for Leave if You're a Freelancer
- How to Take Action to Advocate for Better Leave/How the US Should Fund Parental Leave
These ideas are just to help you get started. In the past, posts that have done really well are based on a personal experience someone has had, a great set of tips, or a counterpoint/devil's advocate-style post.
Again, it's really easy to participate. Just choose one or more of the topics above, write about it, and insert your information here. Also, sign up for the email list below to get information, reminders, and a list of links, closer to and during the week itself.
Tips for Men
You don't have to be a woman to participate in Women's Money Week. How can you participate? Tackle the topic yourself (you don't need to be a woman to write about parental leave at your company), interview a woman you know, or have someone guest post on your site.