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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 policy to environmental protection (our main focus at Rachel's Network ), issues affecting women like us are determined within state lines. With all that's at stake in each state, you may be startled to learn that most legislatures remain boys' clubs, with women so severely underrepresented that the...
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Is There a War on Women?

February 8, 2012
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ 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 and freedom that would deny millions of women access to affordable contraception and life-saving cancer screenings and cut nutritional support for millions of newborn babies in struggling families. And this is just the beginning. That issue rose to the top in budget negotiations and nearly caused a...
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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 work for employers that provide paid family leave. So lucky that I feel torn between shouting from the rooftops my personal ode to paid leave and how it has benefited our family, and keeping it to myself because so few families receive this vital support that it feels like I'm bragging. At MomsRising...
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Fantasy State of the Union

January 26, 2012
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ 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 common good ahead of their personal power and individual gain. We, men and women together, make better policy decisions and make them faster than in any prior administration. As a result, the cost of government has decreased dramatically and we have more funds available to put to good use in making...
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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, paid sick days and paid family leave, child care, the environment and more. And we need your ears too! Tweet with us @MomsRising in conversation on Twitter starting at 9:00 PM EST tonight. Photo by Flickr user If you don't tweet, please join the conversation right here on the blog! Leave your...
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On Women and Guilt

December 20, 2011
Another smart post from our friends at Role/Reboot . -Eds. I’m on the board of a small, parenting-related nonprofit organization, a board comprised of smart, thoughtful women who are mostly mothers of small children (and one dad, though our father pool is growing). In addition to our full-time parenting jobs, pretty much all of us have professional jobs, or are students. We’re all juggling a lot of balls, and we all take on this additional volunteer job as board members because we believe that the work of this organization is world-changing. Photo credit garryknight/Flickr Recently, we’ve...
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Another Barrier to Maternity Leave for Those Most in Need: Knowing About It

November 26, 2011
On Wednesday a new poll [PDF] was released that shows that people who are most likely to need paid family leave are least likely to be aware of programs that provide it. Specifically, California registered voters were surveyed to assess their awareness of the state’s groundbreaking Paid Family Leave Act, passed nearly 10 years ago. Fewer than 43 percent had “seen, read or heard” of the law allowing them to take paid leave to care for a new child or seriously ill family member. The program provides Californians with up to 55 percent of their wages for six weeks from a state disability...
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Mothers of the Century (21st)

November 22, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ Prepare to be impressed with yourselves, girls. The US Census Bureau just put out new numbers on maternity leave and employment which show we’ve spent the past 40 years investing wisely in ourselves. First time mothers are more likely to have at least an undergrad degree by the time they give birth, now at an average age of 25. In fact, if a woman delays her first birth until age 30, she’ll probably join the 43% of mothers with a college degree. Teen pregnancy has dropped from 36% in...
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Census Report Shows Inequality in Paid Leave

November 17, 2011
Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report that found that almost 51 percent of working women who gave birth to their first child between 2006 and 2008 received paid leave (which includes sick leave and vacation time), compared to 42% between 1996 and 2000. While the new figures represent progress, it’s hardly time to cheer. Over 49% of new mothers in the United States still do not have access to any form of paid parental leave. The U.S. remains the only industrialized country in the world that does not provide a statutory right to paid maternity leave. In fact, even counting...
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Increasing the Odds – For Every Baby

November 10, 2011
My third daughter had a 92% chance of never being conceived. When she was around four years old she heard a friend of mine mention our little surprise, and then asked me: “Mommy, why does she say I’m an accident?” Never wanting her to think this about herself, I stopped anyone from saying anything like that again, and called her our “gift”. I use that term often to refer to her. To us she is perfect and our lives are profoundly richer thanks to her presence – as our present. Nazeer Bibi’s daughter had about a 92% chance of never being born. Throughout her pregnancy, Nazeer worked in the...
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