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My Speech on Women and Work

October 26, 2015
Tomorrow I will be giving a speech about the state of working women. The event, which is sponsored by the National Women's Law Center, takes a look at both the progress we have made and what is left to be done to ensure women have equality in the workplace and our daily lives. Here are some...
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Family First -- 3 Moms Document the Paid Family Leave Movement

October 23, 2015
In March of this year, Honolulu filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford and I had our first discussion about the project that would become FAMILY FIRST, a film that will interweave the movement to pass paid family leave with history, pop culture and contemporary portraits of working mothers and fathers in America. Though the issue of national paid family leave is finally gaining traction -- as evidenced by the recent Democratic Presidential debate -- when I first reached out to Kimberlee in May of 2014, this was definitely not the case.
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October 22, 2015
Wow - I'm still excited about how much attention the issue of paid family leave insurance generated at the Presidential debate last week! Right after the debate, I wrote a piece for to talk about how and why momentum for paid family leave is building in this election. OUR goal in writing...
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Death By a Thousand Cuts

October 21, 2015
I grew up solidly middle class. So much has changed since then. We expect more. Two cars, not one. More than one television per household. Air conditioning, not fans. All the new gadgets. What has also changed is that health care costs have soared. Cars and housing take up a larger percentage of...
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You've Come A Long Way, Baby! The Fight for Paid Family Leave in Maryland

October 20, 2015
My eleven year old daughter Maeve is excited. She and I were at a debate watch party when former Maryland Governor (and Presidential candidate!) Martin O’Malley said with great pride that he had expanded parental leave in our state. I’m not going to lie, I screamed with joy. That’s my bill! My...
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Paternity Leave Empowers Dads to Help with Breastfeeding

September 30, 2015
Chinese University of Hong Kong recently implemented a policy allowing mothers breastfeeding breaks. The policy was criticized by an anonymous Internet user, claiming it’s “unjust to men.” The post went viral and became the subject of a backlash from other Internet users. Some said, “We’re sure the...
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Thank you, President BarackObama For Advancing Paid Sick Days, Family Leave, PayEquity on Labor Day!

September 7, 2015
MomsRising Praises President Obama’s Labor Day Expansion of Paid Sick Days to Federal Contractors MomsRising Backs President Obama Urging Congress to Pass the Healthy Families Act and the FAMILY Act Earlier today, President Obama in a Labor Day address announced a new executive order expanding paid...
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8 Things Moms Don't Need on #LaborDay, or Any Other Day

September 6, 2015
Several companies recently announced new or expanded perks to help the mothers in their ranks: extending maternity leaves, paying to fly a baby and nanny when mom takes a work trip or to ship breast milk back home, offering a mother local work for the first year of her baby’s life, or allowing her...
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7 Back-to-School Tips to Help You Stress Less and Find Your Center

August 25, 2015
Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, the start of a new school year offers the opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to do things differently. If you’re feeling some anxiety around all the transitions, scheduling, juggling and driving that usually accompany a new school year, take a deep...
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Are you at a threshold, too?

August 25, 2015
Yesterday we attended a moving "Ceremony of 13" at our church for my teenage son. Cultures around the world share a tradition of marking the transition from childhood to adulthood beginning at age 13 (in the Jewish tradition this is called a Bar or Bat Mitzvah). Our ministers shared why it's key to...
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