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Have you heard McDonald’s holiday advice!?

November 27, 2013
Disturbed. That’s how I felt after seeing the latest holiday news coming out of some of our country’s biggest businesses. For example, ABC News reports McDonald’s is giving its employees holiday “financial tips” like, “Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash” and “Sing away stress: singing along to your favorite songs can lower your blood pressure.” And, as reported by The Nation , a Walmart in Ohio is “holding a food drive—for its own employees!” Working parents need more than advice to sing their favorite songs in order to relieve...
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Black Thursday, a.k.a. Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013
By Elizabeth Johnston and Liz Watson , National Women's Law Center Cross-posted from NWLC's blog For Walmart workers, this year Black Friday starts on Black Thursday, the day also known as Thanksgiving. Being open on Thanksgiving is actually nothing new for Walmart. What is new is that Black Friday sales will start at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year, meaning many more workers must work through the holiday. In total, more than 1 million Walmart workers will be missing out on time with their families this Thanksgiving. Although Walmart’s CEO says workers are “excited” to do it because it is a...
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Generation Zero—Why Millennials, And All of Us, Need Family-Friendly Laws

November 26, 2013
A survey of recent University of Pennsylvania Wharton School graduates reveals that many young adults are planning to solve the work/family crunch by removing family from the equation. Only 42% of the undergraduate class of 2012 plans to have children, compared to 78% of the class of 1992, according to research by Stewart Friedman, author of the new book, “Baby Bust.” Of course, this is only one privileged subset of the population. However, the overall American birthrate has recently declined as well to below the replacement rate (although it now appears to be stabilizing). Friedman reports...
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What Do You Call Always Having a Date for New Year's Eve?

November 21, 2013
Social security!!! I know, I know, you will be tempted to stop reading this post as soon as you realize I'm going to talk about retirement - AGAIN!. But wait. Maybe it feels too far away. Maybe the problems you are solving today seem so much more important. Maybe you are too maxed out with the here and now to even contemplate the then and how? It is so typical of us women to worry about ourselves last. But I keep bringing it up because our economic security, both now and later in our lives, deserves to be a top priority. Please take a few minutes and think of YOURSELF for a change. Listen to...
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Momentum Is Building to Close Corporate Offshore Tax Loopholes

November 7, 2013
Some folks in Congress are ready to close up offshore corporate tax loopholes. Others still need convincing. A total of 538 organizations – representing tens of millions of people – came together to tell the Senate to close up the loopholes that encourage big corporations to move jobs, profits and operations offshore and dodge paying their fair share of taxes here in the U.S. You can read our letter to the Senate here. The groups represent all sorts of people – moms, retirees, teachers, people of color, nature lovers, immigrants, religious leaders, electrical workers – way more than we can...
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HUD Announces Settlement With Bank of America Resolving Allegations of Lending Discrimination Against Women on Maternity Leave

November 6, 2013
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Monday that Bank of America will pay $45,000 as part of Conciliation Agreements resolving allegations the lender discriminated against pregnant women seeking mortgage loans. HUD had alleged that the Bank of America refused to refinance the mortgages of two couples in California and Texas, because the women were on maternity leave. Refusing to approve a mortgage loan or provide mortgage insurance because a woman is pregnant or on family leave violates the Fair Housing Act’s prohibition against sex and familial status...
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Maternal Profiling Is Alive and Well in Pennsylvania

October 22, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the Huffington Post . After eight years of friendship and mutual support on the phone and online, I finally met Kiki Peppard last month! Kiki's experiences moving to Pennsylvania as a working single mom of two children is the first story in The Motherhood Manifesto . Her story details her experiences going to interview for jobs and having potential employers ask if she was married and if she had kids. As soon as prospective employers heard she wasn't married and had kids, they were not interested in learning any more about her. They didn't care about how...
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Listen to Mary: "Our lives depend on ending the government shutdown."

October 4, 2013
In 2006, I was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer. After surgery and six rounds of chemotherapy, I returned to normal life. Early detection should have kept me cancer free, but after four years, I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer with tumors now growing in my lymph nodes, liver, bones and lungs. For the past two and a half years, I have been living with advanced breast cancer while working full time and raising a family. I have endured three surgeries and four different chemo regimens. My cancer initially responds well to each new treatment but then finds a way around it. I am...
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The Health Insurance Marketplace for Latinos

September 30, 2013
Para leer este artículo en español, haga clic aquí . Many people go through or know someone who is unable to pay their high health insurance premiums, impacting their health, ruining their finances or avoiding the opportunity of preventing a life-threatening illness. After immigration policies, the lack to access to health insurance has been the main issue impacting the quality of life and the development of Latino immigrants. Since 2010, this fundamental limitation is changing for many Latinos due to the approval of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Since its implementation,...
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El Mercado de Seguro Médico para los latinos

September 30, 2013
For English, click here . Muchos vivimos o supimos de alguien quien por la imposibilidad de pagar altas primas de seguro médico, había deteriorado su salud, arruinado sus finanzas o perdido la oportunidad de prevenir una enfermedad mortal. Después de las leyes migratorias, si algo había mermado la calidad de vida y el avance de los latinos en el retador camino de adaptarse a un nuevo país, había sido la falta de coberturas médicas a precios accesibles. Esta fundamental limitación está cambiando para muchos hispanos desde 2010, con la aprobación del Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (...
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