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Congress: Follow the President's Lead, #RaisetheWage

February 13, 2014
“In the wealthiest nation on earth nobody who works full time should have to live in poverty—nobody, not here in America.”- President Obama , yesterday as he signed an executive order that raises the minimum wage to $10.10 for all new federal contract workers. We agree! This is important because...
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Where is the love for #BlkBfing? Join the 2/12 chat!

February 8, 2014
The #BlkBfing chat is back on 2/12 at 7 PM ET with a powerful conversation on the hidden importance of support for successful breastfeeding from family support and nursing in stores to workplace pumping and family leave. The chat is hosted by MomsRising , Ebony.com , mater mea and Women's eNews ...
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President Obama’s Vision for Early Learning Is Already a Reality in One Washington Community

February 7, 2014
This story is by Luba Bezborodnikova, executive director of Educare of Greater Seattle and Associate Superintendent for Early Learning at Puget Sound ESD. In the State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama called for high-quality child care and pre-kindergarten that prepares all...
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Marketplace coverage means peace of mind

February 7, 2014
The Health Insurance Marketplace is making it easier to find quality, affordable coverage. Millions of Americans are getting covered, many for the first time. More than 3 million have enrolled in private health insurance since October and 6.3 million were determined eligible for Medicaid or...
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Child Care, Farming, and Working Parents in Hawaii

February 7, 2014
Two months ago, I wrote a post called The Short Game: Taking the “Work” out of “Working Together" about a community event that included a congresswoman and about a dozen mothers and daughters. I described how the act of women gathering together, to support each other and enjoy themselves while also...
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Rhonda Ross, daughter of Diana Ross, shares her journey to conceive

February 6, 2014
a mater mea exclusive interview with Rhonda Ross My husband and I have been together for a long time, almost 20 years. For the first 10 of those, maybe longer, we tried unsuccessfully to conceive. I was in my 20s and everybody said, “Ah, you’re in your 20s, you’re fine! Just try harder!” Then by 30...
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Voices of the Unemployed: Part 10--Melissa's Story

February 6, 2014
The Senate is scheduled to vote , once again, on an extension of unemployment benefits tomorrow. With each passing week that goes by where Congress takes no action it becomes increasingly critical that an extension get passed. Below you will find one mother's story about her experience with...
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FMLA at Twenty-One: Let’s Blow Out the Candles and Get to Work

February 5, 2014
A 20th anniversary is an important milestone. But turning 21? Although exciting for young adults, it’s a slightly less momentous number for a law. So, with the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) a year behind us, 21 is a good time to roll up our sleeves...
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21 Years after FMLA, More Needs to Be Done

February 5, 2014
Twenty-one years ago I was only 11. While I was too young to be involved in the fight for family and medical leave (FMLA), I still wholeheartedly appreciate everyone who worked so hard to win this important law. Over the past several years I’ve had many experiences with our current FMLA law. I know...
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Mater Mea: inside conversations on motherhood and working

February 4, 2014
Two years ago American media seemed to be gripped by one important question: “Can women have it all?” As a young professional woman with aspirations of having an enviable career and a family of my own, I was incredibly invested in knowing the answer to that question. I had eagerly read former State...
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