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Introducing the #FAMILYAct: A MomsRising Blog Carnival

December 12, 2013
At MomsRising, we hear from our members every day about how lack of access to paid family leave (including maternity and paternity leave) has created economic instability for their families. But it’s not surprising that we hear from so many people: In the U.S., only 12 percent of workers have access to paid family leave. This is despite the fact that study after study has shown the many benefits of paid family leave to families, to tax payers, to businesses, and to the economy. That is why we are so excited that the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act (the FAMILY Act) will be introduced in...
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Women Who Code – Why Including Motherhood in STEM Discussions Matters

December 12, 2013
With millions of students taking part in “Hour of Code,” a campaign supported by technology companies as part of National Computer Science Week , there is a lot of internet chatter about the importance of high-tech skills in an innovation economy. By late Tuesday, more than 60 percent of the students who had taken one of the intro coding tutorials were girls. This came as a surprise to the organizers of the campaign – particularly since there has been a lot of talk recently about the importance of encouraging girls to learn to code – and about the current dearth of women in computer science...
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The FAMILY Act - Stitching Up a Hole in the Safety Net

December 10, 2013
I will be strapping on my snow boots and slogging up the Hill later this week to see star legislators Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro introduce a bill that would provide most workers with 12 weeks of partially paid leave for a birth, adoption, or to deal with their own or a family member's serious medical condition. This is a BIG deal, for a number of reasons, available here from the National Partnership for Women & Families . Which one is the most important to you? 1. The U.S. is the lone hold out of all industrial nations (and most of the world) in not having...
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Generation Zero—Why Millennials, And All of Us, Need Family-Friendly Laws

November 26, 2013
A survey of recent University of Pennsylvania Wharton School graduates reveals that many young adults are planning to solve the work/family crunch by removing family from the equation. Only 42% of the undergraduate class of 2012 plans to have children, compared to 78% of the class of 1992, according to research by Stewart Friedman, author of the new book, “Baby Bust.” Of course, this is only one privileged subset of the population. However, the overall American birthrate has recently declined as well to below the replacement rate (although it now appears to be stabilizing). Friedman reports...
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Bringing Dads to the Table…and the Home

November 20, 2013
Cross-posted from A Better Balance's Blog. At first, Josh Levs thought his employer’s policy on paid family leave was a simple mistake. His company, Time Warner, offers new mothers ten weeks of paid time off after giving birth. Women and men who have children through adoption or surrogacy also receive ten weeks of paid leave to bond with a new child. Biological fathers, on the other hand, only receive two weeks of paid leave. When Levs pointed out this discrepancy to his supervisor before the birth of his daughter, he realized that it was not an oversight at all. His boss refused to give him...
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Mother on the Edge

November 12, 2013
This post originally appeared on the Mothers Central blog. You can see it here in its original form. Thanks to Kate for letting me post it here in full. It was a desperate cry for help, and one that I could not ignore. It came via email, at the end of the summer, from a total stranger. (At least, she was a stranger to me, but my work was known to her because she’d been reading it on social media.) Already the mother of a 2 year old, and pregnant again with a due date of this December the email began: I’m in anguish over the pregnancy discrimination I am facing as a federal civil servant,...
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A Long Time Comin'...

November 7, 2013
Ladies, we are in serious trouble here. In the annual ranking of 133 countries around the globe on the issue of gender equality, the U.S. once again fails to make the top 10. Or the top 20. We may be the world's only remaining super power, but women are worse off here, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report for 2013 , than in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, the Philippines, and 18 other countries. This analysis measures women's rates of political empowerment and political participation, education, health and economic parity. We have been dramatically outclassed by...
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Must Be Nice... Wish I Had a Kid

October 30, 2013
If you've not only heard about - but really thought about - the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance that was just passed in San Francisco, you know what we're getting at with this title. If you're still celebrating the legislation that will go into effect on January 1, 2014, you may want to stop reading as we expose the plain truth that will cause your bubbly to go flat in about 3.5 seconds. We'll start at the top and say that the intent of the ordinance is ultimately good - to attract more families to the San Francisco area, keep them there, and make it less likely that these Californians...
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Maternal Profiling Is Alive and Well in Pennsylvania

October 22, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the Huffington Post . After eight years of friendship and mutual support on the phone and online, I finally met Kiki Peppard last month! Kiki's experiences moving to Pennsylvania as a working single mom of two children is the first story in The Motherhood Manifesto . Her story details her experiences going to interview for jobs and having potential employers ask if she was married and if she had kids. As soon as prospective employers heard she wasn't married and had kids, they were not interested in learning any more about her. They didn't care about how...
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Breastfeeding Could Be Easier with Obamacare

October 15, 2013
Generally the Latino culture promotes the healthy habit of breastfeeding babies until their first year of life. But upon arriving to the United States we find barriers to nursing, which impact our own health, but most of all, that of our children. There are varying reasons for these challenges whether they be language barriers that keep a mom from working, or a nurse at a hospital that doesn't encourage a mother to latch until her milk comes in, or workplaces that don't offer family leave. When it comes to family leave, the United States is very different from the majority of Latin American...
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