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It Makes Me Sick That We Don't Have Paid Sick Days

June 1, 2016
My heart sunk when I got the call from school telling me that Ch arlie, my 2nd grader, was in the nurse's office with the pukes. I quickly made arrangements wit h my supervisor to use paid sick time that afternoon and headed ho me to care for my child. While I had to reschedule a couple of meetings...
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End LGBTQ Discrimination in Foster Care

May 24, 2016
When I think about my future, I think about the children that my partner and I hope to foster and adopt, but I also worry about the discriminatory barriers that LGBTQ couples can face in the fostering and adoption process. Right now, there are still states across the country that continue to...
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SNAP, TANF, and a Better Path

May 26, 2016
The nation’s core economic security programs are highly effective: they cut poverty almost in half, improve nutrition and health care for millions of people, and promote work. Protecting and strengthening anti-poverty programs is of utmost importance. That’s why the Coalition on Human Needs will be hosting a live-streamed event on June 16, 1-3pm ET, highlighting the good these programs do, how certain proposals would lessen their effectiveness and ways they can be improved upon.
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Love. It's What Makes a Family

May 24, 2016
When I think about my future, I think about the children that my partner and I hope to foster and adopt, but I also worry about the discriminatory barriers that LGBTQ couples can face in the fostering and adoption process. Right now, there are still states across the country that continue to...
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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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