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Happy Anniversary Paid Family Leave - Let's Spread the Word

May 7, 2014
As we prepare for the 10th anniversary of the implementation of Paid Family Leave, California Work & Family Coalition members have a lot to be excited about.
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Being a Low-Income Mother; Then and Now

May 6, 2014
In 1996, Bill Clinton officially announced that motherhood was not work. He did this through his Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act . This legislation stated that people could no longer receive benefits unless they fulfilled 30 hours per week of out-of-home work requirements. Clinton said this would “end welfare as we know it.” And it did. Since 1996, the number of families with children living in extreme poverty ($2 a day or less) has increased by nearly 130% . When I started interviewing mothers for Gross Domestic Product , I focused on mothers who were receiving, or had at...

Mothers Matter Most

May 6, 2014
I have big plans for Mother's Day this year. In fact, I'm giving myself more than a day - considering the number of minor miracles I pull off on a regular basis, I'm sure I merit several days. You, too, I'm thinking... First, I'm going to make sure I am down at the US Capitol Tuesday afternoon to make a motherlovin' fuss about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Personally, I think the last person who should have to worry about getting fired is a pregnant woman. Soon she'll not only be supporting herself, but a child too. She needs that job and wants to keep...
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Moms Know How to Unite Us: Congress Should Follow their Lead and Pass FAMILY Act

May 5, 2014
Mothers often act us “uniters” in families, whether it’s settling petty sibling squabbles, or managing the more serious rifts and challenges that so many families face. And, more and more, moms bring families together as primary or sole breadwinners. Given this role, perhaps it’s not surprising that public policies to support working moms – and all working parents for that matter – also tend to unite Americans. In 2014, let’s celebrate Mother’s Day by calling upon Congress to follow moms’ lead and come together around a national paid family and medical leave insurance program . Here in the...
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The Evidence Is In—and More Former Cheerleaders Bring Facts to Light

May 1, 2014
Sometimes you know in your heart you’re right, but having solid facts at your disposal helps make the case if you get challenged.
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Fighting Unequal Pay - The Motherhood Penalty

April 30, 2014
I'm delighted to share that my article, The Motherhood Penalty, about unequal pay is on the front page of Politico Magazine right now. Click through to go to the full article.
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OUTRAGEOUS! Senate blocks minimum wage vote!

April 30, 2014
The Senate just BLOCKED a vote that would give millions of minimum wage workers a raise. So now what? Moms need to double down. We need to get turbo charged! And MomsRising needs your help....and continue our efforts to advocate for working families.
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The Senate has a chance to raise the wage AND close the wage gap

April 29, 2014
The Senate is going to vote tomorrow to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. This bill would not only raise the wage but also help address the wage gap between men and women. The Senate needs to hear from YOU!
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The Collateral Damage of Scheduling Challenges in Low-Wage Jobs

April 25, 2014
When policymakers discuss solutions to help nearly 20 million low-wage workers make ends meet, the focus is often on raising wages. Raising the minimum wage and tipped minimum wage would go a long way to help these workers, but ...
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Exciting New Developments for Domestic Violence Survivors Who Need Help Paying for Health Insurance

April 21, 2014
Thanks to recent IRS guidance —and an extended deadline (through May 30!) to sign-up for health insurance—domestic violence survivors who are living apart from an abusive spouse can now access subsidies to help them afford the cost of health insurance. Until now, unless a married couple was legally separated or met very narrow head of household filing status requirements , they had to file their taxes jointly in order to be eligible for subsidies to help them afford health insurance through the Obamacare Marketplace — no exceptions . The new IRS guidance makes it clear that domestic violence...
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