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Let's talk about Paid Family & Medical Leave!

October 22, 2014
Celebrate National Work & Family Month with a Facebook chat about the need for paid family and medical leave!
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Can you hear us Congress? #WEmatter!

August 21, 2014
There is an election right around the corner and that makes now the perfect time to make sure that our elected officials in Congress and beyond know that we matter and we will be holding them accountable. Women and family economic security issues are more than just political footballs and talking points. Our voices, and our votes, matter. #WEMatter.
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Child Care Centers and the Quality Improvement Catch-22

October 22, 2014
Quality improvements are indeed important—important enough to warrant the additional investment required. But we cannot keep pretending that these improvements can be paid for out of the current pool of meager resources. If we do, then even fewer children will be served. Child care centers serving low-income families will either opt-out if the quality improvements are voluntary, or be priced-out of existence if they are mandatory. Either of these outcomes will exacerbate the struggles of the working poor.
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Una mirada a las cifras de pobreza del 2013

October 20, 2014
El mes pasado, la Oficina del Censo de los Estados Unidos publicó nuevas cifras que dan a conocer cuál fue la situación de pobreza en el país en el 2013 . Los datos muestran que la tasa de pobreza, de 14.5 por ciento, disminuyó por primera vez desde el 2006, y que el número de personas viviendo en la pobreza fue de aproximadamente 45 millones. Los datos también revelan que las mujeres siguen siendo más propensas que los hombres a experimentar inseguridad económica. Esto significa que el 15.8 por ciento de las mujeres en el país –alrededor de 25.2 millones– tiene dificultad para asegurar...
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Old Fight, New Approach: Companies Profit from Parity

October 20, 2014
So you have an important job interview. Your sitter cancels. What do you do? When it happened to First Lady Michelle Obama, she packed up baby Malia, carted her into that job interview, and was completely surprised when she still landed the job.
 
The First Family's efforts to make sure our workplaces are not something out of a " Mad Men episode" comes from a very personal place.
 
This month is National Work and Family Month . It is a public awareness campaign to encourage companies to respond to America's modern dual income family paradigm. 

Why they would have to be encouraged at all...
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What School Lunch Can Teach Us

October 17, 2014
The statistics are alarming: One out of two public school students lives in poverty. Two out of three public school students qualify for free or subsidized lunch. Three out of five teachers in America report they have children who regularly come to school hungry.
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Ulises’ American Dream Deferred

October 17, 2014
“As time went on, I saw how my own country, the place where I lived, was actually a bad place. I would see people fight and I thought that would be my life. I thought, that’s me–then I turned 4.”
Alyssa Peterson's picture

Head Smacker: Voter ID Laws Further Silence Those Whose Voices Need To Be Heard The Most

October 15, 2014
“There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud, if there is not actual danger of such fraud, and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burden.” – 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Posner
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Do colleges support the Satya Nadella effect?

October 14, 2014
College is on my mind. My oldest son has been preparing for his SATs these last couple months, and took the test (again) on Saturday. The next steps of applications and personal statements are all part of a busy year of preparation for young adulthood, which of course includes starting to make choices about his future career. So the realities of college, from the costs of tuition, room and board, books, and travel, to testing and application fees, not to mention the enormous amount of time my husband and I will dedicate to helping him navigate the higher education labyrinth, are never far...
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From Cuddling to Canvassing

October 14, 2014
Lately, our idea of a hot date is to fling ourselves onto the couch. Then my husband casts me a knowing glance. I nod. And the big turn on begins. With the touch of Casanova, he fondles not just one, but five remotes, as we settle in to enjoy the PBS series about Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Sexy? Not even I am that clinical . But there is something satisfying about watching this series with the man I love. Together, we learn tidbits of history that help us make sense of our world. We gasp at a sepia image of shacks dotting an urban waterfront. Could that be Seattle? These...
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