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An Unthinkable Choice

December 17, 2013
By Alicia Gay Asia Myers, a pregnant woman expecting a baby girl in less than a month, works for an employer that forced her to make an unthinkable choice between a healthy pregnancy and her paycheck. Early in her pregnancy, Asia suffered from complications serious enough for her doctor to put her...
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Women Who Code – Why Including Motherhood in STEM Discussions Matters

December 12, 2013
With millions of students taking part in “Hour of Code,” a campaign supported by technology companies as part of National Computer Science Week , there is a lot of internet chatter about the importance of high-tech skills in an innovation economy. By late Tuesday, more than 60 percent of the...
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Don't Leave the Unemployed Out In the Cold!

December 11, 2013
I hear from moms all the time about the challenges they are facing and the bright lights they find through programs that help keep their family’s head above water during tough times. That’s why when I read Grand Rapids, Michigan mom Lisa’s story I could hear the panic and worry leaping right off...
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The FAMILY Act - Stitching Up a Hole in the Safety Net

December 10, 2013
I will be strapping on my snow boots and slogging up the Hill later this week to see star legislators Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro introduce a bill that would provide most workers with 12 weeks of partially paid leave for a birth, adoption, or to deal with their own or...
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Asunto: ¿Has escuchado el consejo de McDonald’s para las vacaciones?

December 3, 2013
Perturbada. Así es como me sentí después de ver las últimas noticias de vacaciones que estaban saliendo de algunos de los negocios más grandes de nuestro país. Por ejemplo, los reportes de Noticias ABC . McDonald’s le está dando a sus empleados “consejos financieros” como, “Vender algunas de sus...
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Staying Home as a Step Up

December 3, 2013
My New York Times Sunday Dialogue piece on pro-family policy changes that could improve caregivers' economic security elicited a number of responses. One led me to a post by Valerie Adrian, a mother of 3 currently pursuing her Ph,D. in Sociology on the opposite side of the country, but engaged in...
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What happens to US jobs with lower corporate tax rates?

December 3, 2013
As we move into this season of connecting with family and old friends, I’m guessing most of us know someone who is struggling in the sluggish job market – a nephew who hasn’t been able to get a foothold in the career of his choice, a teacher who was laid off, an older neighbor who has had his hours...
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Have you heard McDonald’s holiday advice!?

November 27, 2013
Disturbed. That’s how I felt after seeing the latest holiday news coming out of some of our country’s biggest businesses. For example, ABC News reports McDonald’s is giving its employees holiday “financial tips” like, “Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in...
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Black Thursday, a.k.a. Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013
By Elizabeth Johnston and Liz Watson , National Women's Law Center Cross-posted from NWLC's blog For Walmart workers, this year Black Friday starts on Black Thursday, the day also known as Thanksgiving. Being open on Thanksgiving is actually nothing new for Walmart. What is new is that Black Friday...
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Generation Zero—Why Millennials, And All of Us, Need Family-Friendly Laws

November 26, 2013
A survey of recent University of Pennsylvania Wharton School graduates reveals that many young adults are planning to solve the work/family crunch by removing family from the equation. Only 42% of the undergraduate class of 2012 plans to have children, compared to 78% of the class of 1992,...
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