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Moms at the Senate!

Testimony of AnnMarie Duchon Before the Senate Budget Committee

May 12, 2014
My name is AnnMarie Duchon, I’m a member of MomsRising and I am honored to be here today to tell you my story and also give voice to all the women who can’t be here today to share their experiences.
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Lesson from my Mom: Community Responsibility

May 10, 2014
Of the many lessons my mom taught me, the most lasting is this: because we had good health, food to eat, and a roof over our heads, we had a responsibility to be thankful and to give back to our community, especially the poor, disabled and elderly. I don't remember her saying "to whom much is given, much is expected," but that was the message. She had drawn that lesson from her Catholic faith and the tight-knit Irish immigrant community she grew up in. She practiced it by serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother and volunteering with our church and school. And while I didn't realize it twenty years...
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The Mother of All Worries

May 7, 2014
I am the daughter of a Jewish Mother, so that means my mom has spent almost every day of the last 45 years of her life worrying about me. And I have given her plenty to worry about. Nothing majorly epic—I’ve never had a baby out of wedlock, or developed a crippling drug habit, or murdered anyone—but any gray hair sprouting from that woman’s head is 100% directly because of me. She never has to worry about my brother, the successful lawyer. She only has to worry about me, the unsuccessful whatever I am. It wasn’t always as bad as it is now, though. There was a nice 4 year period where I didn’t...
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Voices of the Unemployed: Part 11

May 7, 2014
Read the stories of two moms dealing with pregnancies....and unemployment all at the same time.
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Happy Anniversary Paid Family Leave - Let's Spread the Word

May 7, 2014
As we prepare for the 10th anniversary of the implementation of Paid Family Leave, California Work & Family Coalition members have a lot to be excited about.
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Being a Low-Income Mother; Then and Now

May 6, 2014
In 1996, Bill Clinton officially announced that motherhood was not work. He did this through his Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act . This legislation stated that people could no longer receive benefits unless they fulfilled 30 hours per week of out-of-home work requirements. Clinton said this would “end welfare as we know it.” And it did. Since 1996, the number of families with children living in extreme poverty ($2 a day or less) has increased by nearly 130% . When I started interviewing mothers for Gross Domestic Product , I focused on mothers who were receiving, or had at...

Mothers Matter Most

May 6, 2014
I have big plans for Mother's Day this year. In fact, I'm giving myself more than a day - considering the number of minor miracles I pull off on a regular basis, I'm sure I merit several days. You, too, I'm thinking... First, I'm going to make sure I am down at the US Capitol Tuesday afternoon to make a motherlovin' fuss about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Personally, I think the last person who should have to worry about getting fired is a pregnant woman. Soon she'll not only be supporting herself, but a child too. She needs that job and wants to keep...
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Moms Know How to Unite Us: Congress Should Follow their Lead and Pass FAMILY Act

May 5, 2014
Mothers often act us “uniters” in families, whether it’s settling petty sibling squabbles, or managing the more serious rifts and challenges that so many families face. And, more and more, moms bring families together as primary or sole breadwinners. Given this role, perhaps it’s not surprising that public policies to support working moms – and all working parents for that matter – also tend to unite Americans. In 2014, let’s celebrate Mother’s Day by calling upon Congress to follow moms’ lead and come together around a national paid family and medical leave insurance program . Here in the...
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The Evidence Is In—and More Former Cheerleaders Bring Facts to Light

May 1, 2014
Sometimes you know in your heart you’re right, but having solid facts at your disposal helps make the case if you get challenged.
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Fighting Unequal Pay - The Motherhood Penalty

April 30, 2014
I'm delighted to share that my article, The Motherhood Penalty, about unequal pay is on the front page of Politico Magazine right now. Click through to go to the full article.
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