July 23, 2014Improvement. It’s a subjective word, I guess. Otherwise how does H.B. 4935 get to call itself the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014? The House is set to vote on the bill this week , and although it sounds like a winner, for millions of low-income working families it is exactly the opposite. First, a little background. The Child Tax Credit was created in 1997 to help families meet the expenses of raising children. Since then, it has had a couple of edits (dare I say improvements ?) that make it more valuable to lower-income families. In 2003, the credit value was raised from $500 to $1,...
July 22, 2014It was on Sunday that the average earnings of Black women in the United States FINALLY equaled the average earnings of white men in 2013. It is July. We’re now 7 months into 2014 – in fact, it’s almost August. That means Black women had to work for more than 19 months to earn what white men earned in 12 months because Black women currently make only 64 cents to a white man's dollar. Your voice is needed now to bring this issue forward. The more of us who speak up, the faster we'll get to solutions.
July 21, 2014This is fourth Domestic Workers Bill of Rights to pass in four years, following New York, California, and Hawaii. It reflects a growing recognition from workers, employers and allies that domestic work is real work and deserves real protections.
July 21, 2014The White House Summit on working families was last month, but we’re still riding the high of the momentum and energy cultivated at such a groundbreaking event. The fact that our nation’s leaders dedicated an entire day to issues that MomsRising members have been working on since we were founded in 2006 is huge.
July 20, 2014We are going to be up on Capitol Hill twice bringing the voices of moms from around the country to members of Congress—and we would love for YOU to join us at one or even both of these events.
July 16, 2014By Elise Schreier , Blogger for CTWorkingMoms.com A friend of mine recently published an article in the Washington Post ( This is what happened . ..) about her experience using food stamps via the WIC program. Her decent into poverty was a swift one, and the image so vividly painted in the article is of her arriving to pick up WIC checks in a Mercedes. Her story has elicited a highly-charged response full of both criticism and praise but, at the core, it is a call for non-judgment. A reminder of how any one of us could have found ourselves in those shoes – and being poor does not come with an...
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July 15, 2014Putting faith over fact, 5 conservative Catholic men on the Supreme Court have opened a Pandora’s Box: your boss now gets to interfere with your birth control decisions. In its sharply divided 5-4 ruling in Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS ramps up the War on Women.
July 11, 2014This speaks to being a mom, to paid family leave and in general to the way we view "poor" people and our ideas of how that person should be defined.
July 10, 2014Did you know that only 12% of Americans have access to paid family (maternity/paternity) leave in the United States? And that having a baby is a leading cause of poverty spells in this country? Do you find that appalling? Me too.
July 7, 2014Turns out that pretty much all the good work culture practices that are good for moms are good for everybody. And movements are more powerful when they inspire everybody!