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FMLA at Twenty-One: Let’s Blow Out the Candles and Get to Work

February 5, 2014
A 20th anniversary is an important milestone. But turning 21? Although exciting for young adults, it’s a slightly less momentous number for a law. So, with the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) a year behind us, 21 is a good time to roll up our sleeves and get to work, improving upon the law. On this anniversary, policymakers, advocates, and businesses are calling for Congress to do more for working families. The FMLA provides some workers with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to care for a new baby, tend to a sick family member, or...
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21 Years after FMLA, More Needs to Be Done

February 5, 2014
Twenty-one years ago I was only 11. While I was too young to be involved in the fight for family and medical leave (FMLA), I still wholeheartedly appreciate everyone who worked so hard to win this important law. Over the past several years I’ve had many experiences with our current FMLA law. I know first-hand how important it is to have this law in place and the peace-of-mind it provides to employees who are eligible to take it. But the reality is that it's unpaid leave and that, in essence, is a challenge for most workers. My sister, who has several chronic illnesses, had to take unpaid...
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Mater Mea: inside conversations on motherhood and working

February 4, 2014
Two years ago American media seemed to be gripped by one important question: “Can women have it all?” As a young professional woman with aspirations of having an enviable career and a family of my own, I was incredibly invested in knowing the answer to that question. I had eagerly read former State Department director Anne-Marie Slaughter’s much-debated Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s roll-up-your-sleeves screed “Lean In,” expecting some insight into how to set myself up for a future that didn’t sacrifice career for becoming a mother and...
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Voices of the Unemployed: Part 9

February 4, 2014
1.6 million people have now been cut off of unemployment insurance. Misty DeMars , an unemployed mom of two who lost her benefits recently, was a guest of the President's during last weeks State of the Union. And while the president called for an immediate extension of benefits, Congress is still dragging its feet on passing a bill. Meanwhile moms like Teresa are going to lose their benefits this week! Please read her story below. Teresa's (from Tampa, FL) story: The thought of losing my unemployment benefits this week turns my stomach. Yes, the unemployment checks aren't much, but they do...
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Closer Than You Think

February 3, 2014
I wrote this post for the Mothers Central Blog , where it appeared on January 16, 2014. Kate Fineske, the mother-in-charge of the site, graciously gave me permission to cross post it on my own blog, where you will find it in full below. Check out the rest of Kate's collection about parenting, motherhood, and how we achieve the impossible every. single. day - but only after you've finished reading this post! Mention politics to most people, and their eyes glaze over. Who can blame them? It’s depressing, an endless display of bad behavior by self-serving and self-important stuffed shirts. And...
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I support the FAMILY Act. Do you?

February 3, 2014
I took advantage of California Paid Family Leave after my baby was born. During that 12 weeks, I bonded with my baby by breastfeeding him as often and as long as possible; I also built a very good milk supply. By the time I went back to work when my little one turned 3 months old, I had two gallon of breast milk stored in my freezer. The working environment I returned to was, unfortunately, very unfriendly to breastfeeding mothers. I went through a long, exhausting process of fighting just for a reasonable pumping space and a harassment-free office, which caused me to be stressed out with my...
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TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to step up today!

January 30, 2014
“I can remember only a few years back when the MomsRising State of the Union BINGO card was nearly empty. Keep up the incredible work!” --Wendy, MomsRising member Two words you never thought you'd see together: Historic. BINGO. Tuesday night’s State of the Union address and MomsRising's related BINGO game were nothing short of historic. For the first time ever, a President of the United States squarely put the issues that most affect the economic stability of America’s families and of our nation in the spotlight: fair pay, early learning and childcare, the minimum wage, sick days, family...
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Phone Call for YOU!

January 27, 2014
Big doins' this week! We're all getting on the horn to talk about women in the US, how to get to fair pay, why families need a paid leave program they can count on, and what paid sick days would mean for the economic security of moms and dads. Just like child care, these issues connect public policy to the economy and to our well-being and that of our families. And it's really cool - once you RSVP, they will call YOU! On Wednesday, January 29th, the National Association of Mothers' Centers, our allies, and champions in Congress invite you to join an unprecedented national conversation about...
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Breast milk on the go

January 17, 2014
My job requires frequent traveling. As a journalist, I've been reporting from places such as quake-stricken Haiti, war-torn Mexico, and typhoon-damaged Taiwan. These are challenging works. The biggest challenge, though, is collecting and transporting breast milk while traveling. After all, I'm more a mother than a journalist. Lucky enough, America is a very breastmilk-country, in comparison to many of the countries and areas around the world. I never had a problem with carrying breast milk through airport security checkpoints, nor with hotel staff members to storing my breast milk for me. To...
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Voices of the Unemployed: Part 8

January 16, 2014
After multiple attempts by Senate leadership to reach an agreement on an unemployment benefits extension, they have reached a standstill ....again. MomsRising is urging the Senate to stay in session and pass this important bill, rather then go home for recess like originally planned. Each week that goes by where unemployment benefits are not extended 72,000 additional people are cut off from this program. People like Eva and Nancy who are sharing their stories below. Eva's (from West Linn, OR) story: I have been unemployed since May 2013. I have been diligent in applying for jobs but unable...
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