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Let's Fly a Kite for Working Families!

June 9, 2014
Would you gather some friends (or even gather just your kids or grandkids) and draw on a paper kite that we can send to President Obama (and deliver to Congress too!)?
Ruth Martin's picture

Paternity Leave for All Dads

June 9, 2014
In honor of Father’s Day, coming up later this week, I’m pleased to share a special guest post from Scott Behson . Scott is a Professor of Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also writes a popular blog about work-family balance for fathers, Fathers, Work and Family . Scott frequently appears in media outlets as an expert commentator on fatherhood and work-family issues, and this week he’ll be a speaker at a White House convening on the roles and challenges of working fathers. I’m impressed by Scott’s commitment to the importance of fatherhood and the role that all fathers –...
Liz Ben-Ishai's picture

What Do Mothers Need? Family Friendly Workplaces

May 7, 2014
For a country that claims to value families, the United States does little to show it when it comes to the workplace.
Debra Ness's picture

For Mother’s Day – AND EVERY DAY – Pass Paid Leave!

May 7, 2014
For Mother’s Day, Congress should take action to pass a policy that would make a huge difference for working moms – paid family and medical leave insurance.
Linda Meric's picture

Strengthening Our Working Families through Paid Family Leave

May 7, 2014
When I look back on my childhood, a lot of what I remember was instability from my mother’s job.
Hong Van Pham's picture

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.
Jenya Cassidy's picture

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...

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...
Liz Ben-Ishai's picture

Making Women’s History: From Patsy Mink to Paycheck Fairness

April 8, 2014
I was a bit surprised by the lack of coverage for Women’s History Month this year, particularly in the state where I live, since so many women who improved the lives of working families were pivotal to Hawaii's history. It is essential that we continue to remember these women. While many people are aware of Congresswoman Patsy Mink’s accomplishments , many are not as familiar with Harriet Bouslog , Hawaii’s first female labor and civil rights attorney, or ILWU social worker Ah Quon McElrath . Yet like Mink, the significance of their achievements extends far beyond the advances they made as...
Shay Chan Hodges's picture

Valuing America's working families: A Blog Carnival on Powering the Engine of America's Economic Growth

April 7, 2014
Our country's greatness was built on valuing America's working families. At MomsRising and Progressive States Network, we believe that in America, more families should be joining a thriving middle class than falling out of it -- powering the engine of America's economic growth and national prosperity in the process. But our workplace standards are woefully out of date, and women and their families bear the brunt of it. Women's wages in the U.S. are stuck at 77 cents to a man's dollar for full-time year round work, with mothers and women of color experiencing a gap that's larger still. The U.S...

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