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You're Invited: SEIU Facebook Chat on Working Families

June 19, 2014
Today, too many working Americans are falling further and further behind. Thanks to decades of failed policies, there just aren’t enough good jobs with good pay or access to quality, affordable child care and health care services for enough of America’s workers. How can we begin to fix this? It’s a conversation we think is worth having and we'd like you to take part. Join us TOMORROW, June 20 for a live Facebook Chat on Working Families. The conversation starts at 2:00pm EST (11am PST) on SEIU’s Facebook Page. RSVP here. Our chat experts will include SEIU President Mary Kay Henry and an SEIU...
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Calling Young Artists! National Contest to Raise Awareness About Poverty

June 16, 2014
With the swipe of a paintbrush or click of a camera, your child can make a difference in the fight to end poverty. Not only that, they have the chance to win exciting prizes, and have their artwork showcased in a national campaign. As part of our mission to build the political and public will to cut poverty in half in ten years, the Half in Ten Campaign is hosting our first ever nationwide art competition with the theme Our American Dream—What Will It Take To Get There? , and the June 30th submission deadline is only two weeks away. We are calling on everyone, ages 4 to 24 , to unleash their...
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Why I’m a Title IX/Patsy Mink Fangirl – and why that’s not geeky at all

June 12, 2014
I woke up Tuesday to the news that I had been invited to the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington DC , where participants will be addressing the same issues raised in interviews and data in my iBook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy . Because I live on Maui, almost 5,000 miles from the nation’s capital, I didn’t really expect an invite. So I’m pretty excited. My first hurdle was filling out the registration form and trying to choose breakout sessions. I want to go to all of the afternoon sessions. The topics are Caregiving, Talent Attraction...
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Double Booked: Lessons When Life Throws You Curveballs

June 5, 2014
This blog originally appeared on May 22, 2014 as part of the Religious Action Center’s blog series “Double Booked: A Conversation about Working Families in the 21st Century.” Double Booked deals with the many issues that affect working families - from paid family leave to rights for home care workers - and features everything from personal stories to policy analysis. Visit the Double Booked web portal read more posts and subscribe for updates, or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #DoubleBooked. by Abby Leibman In 1989, I co-founded the California Women’s Law...
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3 Ways Work Flexibility Helps Working Parents

May 30, 2014
Flexible work options help moms and dads be more productive and better able to balance their work and personal responsibilities.
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Leading by Leaning On Each Other

May 22, 2014
How I learned that in order to lead, women (and parents!) need to lean on each other.
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Senator Warren Calls for Innovation to Address Unfair Scheduling Practices

May 22, 2014
By Amy Tannenbaum and Liz Watson , National Women's Law Center Cross-posted from NWLC's blog At Tuesday’s HELP Committee hearing on women’s economic security Senator Warren called attention to the extreme challenges workers in low-wage jobs with unstable and unpredictable schedules often face – including the challenge of getting their schedules at the last minute, having hours that vary dramatically from week to week or month to month, having little ability to alter the timing of their work hours without facing a penalty, and working too few hours to make ends meet. Senator Warren said: “[the...
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5 Razones por las cuales las Latinas Pueden (¡y deberían!) Prepararse para el Liderazgo

May 21, 2014
Este artículo apareció inicialmente en PowerfulLatinas.com . Como Latinas, nos es necesario observar las tendencias y estar listas para nuestro propio futuro, y tomar roles de liderazgo en el país. Latinos tienen la Más Rápida Tasa de Crecimiento de Población De acuerdo a Census data, los Latinos son el segmento de crecimiento de la población más rápido de EEUU. Esto significa que los Latinos están convirtiéndose proporcionalmente en un porcentaje mayor de la totalidad de la población de EEUU. El incremento de más de 15 millones de hispanos desde el 2000 al 2010 contó para más de la mitad del...
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Thriving After Transitioning to a Third Metric Life

May 20, 2014
I recently finished reading Arianna Huffington’s latest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder , and I have three words to describe it: It’s. About. Time. Anyone who has a job that requires constant connectivity can identify with the social diseases of time famish and perpetual distraction. Using studies and anecdotes from her own time-strapped life that led to her collapse of exhaustion at work from stress and an emergency room visit, Huffington makes a compelling case for why the way many U.S. workers live is not only...
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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...

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