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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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The Economics of Midlife Motherhood (Part II)

April 14, 2014
In Part I of this guest post by Cyma Shapiro, we explored the fundamental economics of choosing midlife mothering. Here, we listen to experts and midlife mothers weigh-in on this increasingly prevalent life choice. You can pop back to Part I of this post , if you wish, to refresh your recollection before moving on to Part II. What price will women pay to achieve motherhood? At what cost will someone over age 40 go to, to fulfill a dream of loving, nurturing and having a family? Does the increasing number of women choosing new older parenting mean that the sheer economics of it all require...
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OUTRAGE: Senate says "No" to Equal Pay!

April 9, 2014
Are you kidding me?!? Some members of the U.S. Senate just used a procedural move to BLOCK a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act . We will hold them accountable. We need 1,000 contributions by midnight tomorrow night to turbocharge our campaign for equal pay! Join us and pitch in $5 or more right now. What happened? Because of Senate rules, at least 60 senators needed to vote "yes" on a procedural motion called “cloture” in order to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act up for a vote on the Senate floor. The Senate voted 53-44 against cloture, blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act from moving forward...
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