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Let's Fly a Kite for Working Families!

June 9, 2014
Would you gather some friends (or even gather just your kids or grandkids) and draw on a paper kite that we can send to President Obama (and deliver to Congress too!)?
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When You Shop, Think About Moms in Retail

June 10, 2014
Last week, moms who work at Walmart walked off the job across the country. Joined by co-workers and allies, they have been calling for respect and decent wages—at least $25,000 a year—and demanding an end to retaliation against employees who speak out for better working conditions. They also took their message to Walmart chairman and heir Rob Walton personally, and to the annual Walmart shareholders meeting. Walmart mom Evelin Cruz of the Pico Rivera, Calif., store said , “I’m striking for Barbara, for Tiffany and for other moms who Walmart has tried to silence. Our families cannot continue...
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Paternity Leave for All Dads

June 9, 2014
In honor of Father’s Day, coming up later this week, I’m pleased to share a special guest post from Scott Behson . Scott is a Professor of Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also writes a popular blog about work-family balance for fathers, Fathers, Work and Family . Scott frequently appears in media outlets as an expert commentator on fatherhood and work-family issues, and this week he’ll be a speaker at a White House convening on the roles and challenges of working fathers. I’m impressed by Scott’s commitment to the importance of fatherhood and the role that all fathers –...
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Pre-K in PA Crosses Party Lines

June 9, 2014
Early childhood education continues to receive growing support from within Pennsylvania. Through the statewide Pre-K for PA campaign, educators and community leaders are not the only ones expressing a commitment to investing in the state's youngest learners. Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and Former Gov. Mark Schweiker (R) toured the state from Erie to Philadelphia to encourage their state leaders to commit to pre-k for all Pennsylvania 3 & 4 year olds by 2018. Convening in Philadelphia at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Governor Mark Schweiker noted how the investment makes...
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Way to Go Colorado! Much Needed Child Care Assistance Signed into Law in the Centennial State

June 9, 2014
Newsflash: Child care is expensive . In a majority of states, the cost of child care for an infant exceeds the cost of public college tuition . That cost pinches the wallets of all families with young children in paid child care. For low-income families, it’s much more than a pinch— on average, families in poverty who pay for care spend nearly one-third of their income on that care . Child care costs in Colorado are particularly high relative to median income—on this measure, Colorado ranks among the least affordable . But parents will have help with these costs thanks to new state...
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Family Caregivers, the Future, and Now

June 5, 2014
My friend and colleague in the fight for family caregivers, Janice Lynch Schuster, recently had a conversation with her children about what may happen when she becomes older. It went like this, as Janice wrote in Fierce Urgency of Now: Family Caregivers and the Future that is Upon Us for the blog Disruptive Women in Health Care: Just before Mother’s Day, I was a guest on an Al-Jazeera news segment focused on the challenges of aging in America. It was my first-ever news appearance, and, later, I proudly showed a recording to my adult daughters when they came by to visit. The segment included a...
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Queering the Wage Gap

June 2, 2014
It has been over 50 years since John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, but we are still fighting for equal pay for equal work for all. Right now the wage gap is kind of like the faces on U.S. money...only straight white men earn full dollars. Everyone else is left with pocket change. The graphic above shows the average wage gap for all women (77 cents) and the averages for Black and Latino men (76 cents & 61 cents) and women (64 cents & 55 cents). When you add children to the mix, the numbers for women get worse. Mothers of any race, on average, earn less than their non-parenting...
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Senator Warren Calls for Innovation to Address Unfair Scheduling Practices

May 22, 2014
By Amy Tannenbaum and Liz Watson , National Women's Law Center Cross-posted from NWLC's blog At Tuesday’s HELP Committee hearing on women’s economic security Senator Warren called attention to the extreme challenges workers in low-wage jobs with unstable and unpredictable schedules often face – including the challenge of getting their schedules at the last minute, having hours that vary dramatically from week to week or month to month, having little ability to alter the timing of their work hours without facing a penalty, and working too few hours to make ends meet. Senator Warren said: “[the...
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When Women Organize, America Succeeds

May 20, 2014
Today, the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hosts a roundtable discussion on economic security for working women (you can see the livestream starting at 2:30 p.m. and find the participants’ testimony at http://help.senate.gov ). Lori Pelletier, executive secretary-treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, is taking part in the roundtable and pointing out some of the reasons a union card is one of the best things a woman can have in her wallet—including better pay and benefits, family-friendly work policies and a strong and effective voice in enacting women’s legislative...
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Fired for "Leaning In?"

May 15, 2014
Which is it: Are we supposed to "Lean In" or not? Apparently, "leaning in" can get you FIRED when you start asking inconvenient questions!
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