August 4, 2014After the White House Summit on Working Families in June, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) developed a new grant designed to help states study the economic feasibility of creating a system of paid family leave. The grant announcement stated that up to five states may be selected for this opportunity and that the application must be submitted through the Governor’s office by the end of July. My co-chair of the CT Campaign for Paid Family Leave and I jumped at the chance to encourage our state to apply. Our governor agreed right away to work with our Connecticut DOL in drafting the grant and...
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 15, 2014I became aware of the huge bias against mothers in hiring, wages and advancement over a decade ago. In response I co-founded MomsRising.org with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. As I learned more and more about work that was compatible with parenthood it became clear that all the practices that are good for mothers are good for everybody, businesses included. In 2010 I co-wrote The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where and How to Work and Boost the Bottom Line . Out of the pink ghetto, a year later, speaking at a Wall St. conference it became clear to me that even this was not sufficient! There...
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!
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June 26, 2014Do you have a second to sign a very important thank you card to the White House? Click here to sign on to the thank you card now! Why the card? Well, we (and you) just had a… drumroll please…. MAJOR VICTORY!
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June 25, 2014MAJOR VICTORY! MomsRising.org's top policy priorities & members were prominently featured at the The White House Summit on Working Families--and also in their blog recap of Monday's Summit!
June 25, 2014Esta semana tuve la oportunidad de asistir a la Conferencia sobre Familias Trabajadoras de la Casa Blanca, en donde pude conocer a defensores, líderes laborales, medios de comunicación, y a otras madres trabajadoras, todos buscando la manera de resolver temas como la flexibilidad en el trabajo, igualdad de salario, discriminación en el trabajo, oportunidades para trabajadores con salarios bajos, y demás temas. Esta Conferencia fue particularmente significativa para mí ya que se concentró en las mujeres como sostén de la familia. Como madre soltera de una enérgica niña de 4 años de edad,...
June 25, 2014As a single mother of an energetic 4-year-old, I know the difficulty of balancing a demanding career while single-handedly providing for my daughter, and making time to enjoy the first years of her young life. As much as I was overcome with joy when I first held her in my arms, I also understood that the decision to be a single mother and head of household would require many difficult choices and sacrifices such as putting my career growth on hold. But I was prepared for the challenge. Those difficulties began just before my daughter was born.