October 22, 2014Celebrate National Work & Family Month with a Facebook chat about the need for paid family and medical leave!
August 21, 2014There is an election right around the corner and that makes now the perfect time to make sure that our elected officials in Congress and beyond know that we matter and we will be holding them accountable. Women and family economic security issues are more than just political footballs and talking points. Our voices, and our votes, matter. #WEMatter.
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October 23, 2014This post originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . We cannot separate support for domestic violence survivors from support for a robust safety net. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act twenty years ago, opinions among the public and politicians have shifted remarkably from viewing domestic violence as a private family matter to expressing overwhelming support for survivors...
October 23, 2014Earlier this week Chris Christie said he was "tired of hearing about the minimum wage." Governor Christie needs to wake up and hear what actual moms working low-wages are tired of!
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October 22, 2014Quality improvements are indeed important—important enough to warrant the additional investment required. But we cannot keep pretending that these improvements can be paid for out of the current pool of meager resources. If we do, then even fewer children will be served. Child care centers serving low-income families will either opt-out if the quality improvements are voluntary, or be priced-out of existence if they are mandatory. Either of these outcomes will exacerbate the struggles of the working poor.
October 20, 2014El mes pasado, la Oficina del Censo de los Estados Unidos publicó nuevas cifras que dan a conocer cuál fue la situación de pobreza en el país en el 2013 . Los datos muestran que la tasa de pobreza, de 14.5 por ciento, disminuyó por primera vez desde el 2006, y que el número de personas viviendo en la pobreza fue de aproximadamente 45 millones. Los datos también revelan que las mujeres siguen siendo más propensas que los hombres a experimentar inseguridad económica. Esto significa que el 15.8 por ciento de las mujeres en el país –alrededor de 25.2 millones– tiene dificultad para asegurar...
October 20, 2014So you have an important job interview. Your sitter cancels. What do you do? When it happened to First Lady Michelle Obama, she packed up baby Malia, carted her into that job interview, and was completely surprised when she still landed the job. The First Family's efforts to make sure our workplaces are not something out of a " Mad Men episode" comes from a very personal place. This month is National Work and Family Month . It is a public awareness campaign to encourage companies to respond to America's modern dual income family paradigm. Why they would have to be encouraged at all...
October 17, 2014The statistics are alarming: One out of two public school students lives in poverty. Two out of three public school students qualify for free or subsidized lunch. Three out of five teachers in America report they have children who regularly come to school hungry.
October 17, 2014“As time went on, I saw how my own country, the place where I lived, was actually a bad place. I would see people fight and I thought that would be my life. I thought, that’s me–then I turned 4.”
October 15, 2014“There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud, if there is not actual danger of such fraud, and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burden.” – 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Posner