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Meeting the First Man

March 27, 2014
This post first appeared on Prologue During the last inauguration ceremony, we watched on TV and I pointed people out to the frog princess as the day went on. When Michelle Obama came on the screen, I told her that was President Obama's wife, the first lady. Without hesitation, the then 3-year old frog princess turned to me and announced: Mami, he's the first man! Last week I had a once in a lifetime opportunity. I got a chance to meet the first man of the United States. If you're thinking: OHMAIGAAH! Then we are on the same page. It seemed that POTUS was having a round table...
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Tell Congress: Raise up women!

March 27, 2014
Confession: There’s been a lot of lip service given lately to the need for fair pay for women, but I’m not interested in lip service: I want action. Here’s a little context: Women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers . Nearly four in ten female minimum wage workers are women of color. And the federal minimum wage is currently stuck at only $7.25/hour. Women are well overdue for a raise so they can support their families and, importantly, therefore support their local community and economy. * I’ve had enough! I’m writing my elected leaders, will you join me? Write your members...
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Blogging for Women’s History Month, CHIP and more in this week’s MomsRising blog roundup

March 26, 2014
March is almost coming to an end! We are looking forward to spring with so many exciting things coming up. Here are a few of our favorite posts from the MomsRising blog these past few weeks. Feel free to share on social media with friends and family. You can also comment on the posts, and let us know what you think! Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner "When sleeping women wake, mountains will move." - Chinese Proverb. This episode was all about, strong women - may we know them, may we raise them, may we be them. There was a ton of inspiring guests on the radio show this week,...
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What you want to know about the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law

March 22, 2014
What you want to know about the “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law Earlier this month, ACLU Nationwide sent a letter to a Colorado employer, documenting multiple violations of the federal “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law. While calling on DISH Network to provide adequate space and privacy for its nursing employees, ACLU sent a clear message to all employers in the country: it is the employer’s sole responsibility to accommodate nursing mothers. Effective on March 23, 2010, “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law requires employers to provide break time and a place for hourly paid workers...
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Join #TaxChat on Thursday, March 20

March 18, 2014
Americans for Tax Fairness , National Women’s Law Center , the National Priorities Project , and MomsRising invite you to a #TaxChat tweet chat Thursday, March 20th at 2pm EST. In the lead up to Tax Day we'll discuss ways families can prepare to file their taxes, tax breaks that benefit working families, and negative tax policies that are harming families in the name of big business. Join us with resources, ideas and tweets by adding the hashtag #TaxChat to all your tweets at 2pm EST on March 20th. Tweetchats are a great way to raise awareness about important issues, share resources, and...
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The Maryland minimum wage raise is in danger!

March 17, 2014
The bill to raise the minimum wage in Maryland is quickly moving along but we’ve reached a major crisis moment: The House version of the minimum wage bill leaves tipped workers behind, cutting their wages by freezing them at $3.63 per hour. This means that those workers who earn a tipped wage (waitresses, bartenders, valets etc.) would be left out completely of the raise. And who are these tipped workers? Two in three tipped workers are women. One in three are parents. Moms need to stand up for tipped workers now! Right now, the Senate is considering their version of the minimum wage bill...
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Women's Economic Agenda Explored in Los Angeles

March 16, 2014
“When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.” This was the chant heard in the room during a special program by Congresswoman Judy Chu’s staff on Monday, March 10 at California State University, Los Angeles. Speakers highlighted an economic agenda for women and families, and encouraged audience members to continue working on these issues in their own communities. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Judy Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and California State Senator Holly Mitchell were just a few of the individuals who made remarks during the event. They also tackled...
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What Would Gloria Do? #WWGD

March 12, 2014
The first MAKERS CONFERENCE was held in February, including a celebration of the life and work of Gloria Steinem. In honor of her eightieth birthday, it featured a video with touching and funny statements from Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Katie Couric, and others about Steinem's life's work that, as Marlo Thomas summarized, "connected the dots between all women and created a sisterhood." At the end, the screen displayed a simple hashtag, #WWGD, which stands for "What would Gloria do?" What would Gloria do to resolve the unfinished business of the women's movement she helped...
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Let's blog about women and retirement security

March 5, 2014
Women and Retirement Security Blog Roundup Despite decades of social and economic gains, older American women are still twice as likely as elderly men to be living near or below the federal poverty line. Two-thirds of American women older than 65 have no retirement income other than Social Security and the average monthly Social Security benefit for women is around $1,000. Many factors contribute to this disparity, but unequal pay, retirement plan access, family obligations, and financial literacy are the main causes. Addressing America's looming retirement security crisis is a social and...
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76% of Food Service Workers Lack Access to Paid Sick Days

March 4, 2014
Hispanic Workers are the Least Likely to Have Access New analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that access to paid sick days is unequally distributed across the U.S. population, with substantial differences by race/ethnicity, occupation, earnings, and employment status. Analyzing the National Health Interview Survey, IWPR found that 61 percent of private sector employees had access to paid sick days in 2012, up from 57 percent in 2009; yet, 41 million workers still lack access. Lack of paid sick days is especially common in certain jobs requiring frequent contact...
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