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Working Parents Need Protections Now

March 5, 2012
Ever wonder what happens to a worker who becomes disabled for weeks from injuries in a car accident? Or the worker who has a baby but no maternity leave? Or the worker whose parent, suffering from Alzheimer's, falls and hits his head and can no longer live alone? Here's what happens, and neither...
Ann OLeary's picture

Heavy Lifting, Part II: Discrimination Against Mothers is the Strongest Form of Gender Bias

March 1, 2012
co-written with Rachel Dempsey In the last post, we talked about the problem of pregnancy discrimination against women in hourly jobs - cases where mothers were refused simple accommodations that would help them have healthy pregnancies. Discrimination against pregnant women and mothers is a huge...
Joan C. Williams's picture

Wow! Moms really want paid family leave!

February 23, 2012
A few weeks ago, we asked MomsRising members to sign our petition urging Congress to support paid family leave, and the response was huge. Nearly 10,000 people signed the petition so far. We want to keep up the MOMentum and get to 15,000! Click here to sign the petition (And if you’ve already...
Ruth Martin's picture

Heavy Lifting: Pregnant Women are Forced to Carry an Extra Load in the Workforce

February 21, 2012
In the 1970s, after it became illegal to discriminate based on race, some employers responded by imposing high school education requirements for blue-collar jobs. Today, employers who want to keep women out of “men’s jobs” do something similar: they wait until workers get pregnant, and then deny...
Joan C. Williams's picture

Taxes, breastfeeding supplies & confusion

February 14, 2012
Breast pumps are tax deductible but what about storage bags? The bottles? That nursing pillow? With just two months left before April 15th, millions of Americans like me are waking up to the reality that we've got to gather those piles of receipts and hunker down with that dreaded tax return. Last...
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The State of the States is...Masculine: Women Urgently Needed in State Legislatures!

February 8, 2012
With presidential primaries in full swing, each state stands to enjoy a moment in the spotlight. As riveting as the recent political theatrics have been, the campaign season also underscores just how many important decisions are made at the state level. From education to health care to workplace...
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Is There a War on Women?

February 8, 2012
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org Almost a year ago, The New York Times published an editorial entitled "The War on Women" which began: Republicans in the House of Representatives are mounting an assault on women’s health...
Valerie Young's picture

Luck should have nothing to do with it!

February 6, 2012
While I’m at work writing to you, my husband is home taking care of our four-month-old daughter. After my three months of paid leave were up, he started his three months of paid family leave to stay home and care for our second baby like he did with our first. I know, right? We’re both lucky to...
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Fantasy State of the Union

January 26, 2012
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org My sister Americans: The state of our union is strong. Electing women to fully 51% of public offices has ushered in a new era in our great experiment in democracy. Legislators now put the...
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MomsRising is Live Tweeting the State of the Union. Join Us!

January 25, 2012
Great news! MomsRising got invited to tweet at the White House during tonight's State of the Union speech by the President! And I'll be there representing us. We'll be keeping our ears open for the issues that matter every day to families, like health care coverage, unemployment insurance, fair pay...
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