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Fact of the Week: 1 in 3 Moms Struggle to Pay for Diapers

May 23, 2016
Everyone knows babies go through a lot of diapers. But for low-income families, the cost of diapers often forces them to go without another necessity, like food or heat. For many, it can force them to leave babies in soiled diapers longer than they’d like, leading to physical and mental health issues for baby and mom. Despite the fact that families in the bottom fifth of the income ladder with infants spend 14 percent of their income for diapers alone, there is currently no federal assistance for purchasing diapers.
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6, 12 and 24 - surviving the birth of my first son

May 22, 2016
10 years ago my life changed forever. In a frenzy of pain and excitement my son arrived at 3:30AM and what was two became a trio. At the time, I was working full-time in an intense job that I loved – that also provided paid family leave – and this made all the difference. When I think back on this...
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Missed Opportunity: Inclusion of Young Professionals with Learning Disabilities Lacking in the U.S. Workforce

May 20, 2016
There has been a great focus on millennials in the workforce: how they will change jobs more frequently and how their work ethic is different than previous generations. But there is a gap in the workforce that parents and politicians need to focus on – young persons with learning disabilities. The...
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We Applaud Department of Labor Rule Expanding Eligibility for Overtime Pay

May 18, 2016
MomsRising and our more than a million members are pleased to see the U.S. Department of Labor take important action to ensure that workers are fairly compensated for the hours they put in at work. For too long, too many workers have not been able to qualify for overtime, forcing many families to...
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A Hug from Paul Ryan

May 17, 2016
Hugs are nice. But hunger advocates such as Tianna Gaines-Turner want policy-makers and members of Congress to know that as nice as a hug is, it does not put food on the table, workers in good-paying jobs, or families in affordable, secure housing. On Monday, Gaines-Turner, who lives in...
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Corporate culture and working parents – The struggle is real

May 16, 2016
Ever since becoming a full time working mother, I cringe at how we have let corporate culture consume us. I wonder why we all do not rebel against it, take a stand, talk about it, dispel it and instead join forces to establish a corporate culture that focuses on productivity within the business...
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"The reality of our life - we spend a third of our monthly income on childcare."

May 13, 2016
Recently I had an opportunity to share my family’s story with the talented writer, Judith Warner. Judith is a New York Times bestselling author who wrote the book Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety. A version of my family’s story is included in her recent report for the Center for...
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Pumping Milk at 40,000 Feet: Four Women Pilots Are Navigating a Course toward Fairness

May 11, 2016
Hearing a woman’s voice come over the intercom before takeoff, “this is your captain speaking,” can be a moving experience, even today: She made it! She beat the odds! A stirring sense of admiration as you check that your seatbelt is indeed securely fastened for takeoff. But women who work in roles...
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What Moms Really Need for Mother's Day

May 6, 2016
Flowers are purchased, cards are mailed and brunch reservations are made. Mother’s Day is here again. But what many moms really need for this holiday is something much different – and much more substantial. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Department of Labor held an event yesterday to discuss...
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Momentum is growing for sentencing reform!

May 6, 2016
Inspiring. Last week, celebrities, advocates, and clemency recipients descended on Capitol Hill for a #JusticeReformNow briefing to talk about our country’s desperate need to end mass incarceration. We then met with lawmakers and staff to deliver MomsRising's petitions on Justice and Sentencing...
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