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Paid Family Leave in California: All is not well

October 2, 2013
Update: On September 24, 2013, Governor Brown signed SB 770, which will take effect of July 1, 2014. This bill will expand the definition of family for the California Paid Family Leave Act. On Jan. 9, 2012, Women's eNews published my article, " Paid Family Leave Pays-Let's Buy in This Year ." I wrote it in response to a Human Rights Watch report written by Janet Walsh and published in 2011 describing the lack of paid family leave programs in the United States. Their report showed that a lack of paid leave can increase sickness and poverty for families, as well as job discrimination. My job...
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I'm feeling "all the feelings" about my daughter's 2nd birthday

September 10, 2013
Today is my daughter Beatrix’s 2nd birthday and that has me feeling “all the feelings” because Bea’s birth and my dad’s death are so inextricably linked that it is impossible for me to think of one without the other. My husband, Matt, feeding Bea in the NICU. My husband and I told my parents I was three months pregnant with baby # 2 the same week a doctor told my dad, that, because of his cancer , he had three months left to live. I remember thinking my news had to cancel out his, because that is just the kind of dad he was: Always, always there for us. No way would he miss this baby’s birth...
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Author of "Maxed Out" talks about why American moms are on the brink

September 9, 2013
A few months ago, I received a note from a longtime friend, Joan Blades (co-founder of MomsRising ) introducing us to Katrina Alcorn . Joan thought we might support each others’ work, and it turns out that yes, supporting each others’ work was indeed a no brainer. I learned about the book Katrina was writing – Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink – and it definitely sounded intriguing. After all, I’m an American Mom and before ROWE, I definitely would have described myself as being on the brink of many things…insanity being one of them. When I received my advance copy of the book, I was...
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Moms Get Real About Race in America: A MomsRising.org Blog Carnival in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 28, 2013
This blog carnival was updated twice on Thursday, August 29th, 2013. Introduction by the members of the MomsRising Education Fund Board of Directors: Ai-jen Poo , Executive Director for National Domestic Workers Alliance Barbara Arnwine , President & Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Joan Blades , Co-Founder of MomsRising.org, MoveOn.org and Living Room Conversations Julene Pérez-Gónzalez , Vice President of Business Development and Education at Hispanics in Philanthropy Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner , Co-Founder and Executive Director / CEO of MomsRising...
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My paid family leave story delivery!

August 23, 2013
A few days ago, here in Texas, a friend, her baby, and I delivered stories about the need for paid family leave to our U.S. Senators and I wanted to share a few pics and let you know how easy it was. I had never been to my Senators' district office, but it was easy to look it up from the link on the instructions page that I got after signing up to make the delivery. I noticed that my Senators' offices were only 8 blocks away from each other and decided to visit both. I'm in Texas, so I printed the national stories page from the instructions page, and then texted a friend to see if she'd like...
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Help win paid family leave for all new parents!

August 22, 2013
"Just days before I gave birth, my employer told me that he would not pay me for any of my maternity leave. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) did not apply because of the company size. "He made it clear that he did not have to save my job by law, but he'd do so as a favor. And he advised I should come back to work quickly because he didn't know how long he would wait. My salary was exactly half of the household income. And while we did have some overage that we put in savings, we could not survive on my husband's income alone. Not to mention, our health insurance at the time did not cover...
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Planning a Career Break? Make Sure It’s a Pause, Not a Dent

August 16, 2013
A decade ago, Lisa Belkin wrote “ The Opt Out Revolution ,” a New York Times Magazine piece that became instantly famous. It profiled women who had chosen to leave high-profile careers to stay home full-time, arguing that they had opted out because (to quote one) “women’s brains light up differently.” I subsequently wrote a report documenting that the print media in general, and The New York Times in particular, had been writing precisely this story since the 1970s, announcing over and over again that women had finally discovered that they wanted to stay home rather than work. Some outlets...
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Lack of paid family leave makes me mad. Like this angry cat.

August 15, 2013
The fact that only 11 percent of employees in the United States are provided any kind of paid family leave by their employers makes me angry. Kind of like that angry cat in the picture. We can change this! For the first time ever, the United States Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a budget bill that includes $5 million to help states develop paid leave programs by providing states with grant money to assist with the planning and start up of state paid leave programs. But first, the full U.S. Senate and House of Representatives still need to vote to keep the State Paid Leave Fund...
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To Support Breastfeeding, Paid Family and Medical Leave is Crucial

August 15, 2013
Having the time to bond with a new baby is crucial for many reasons. One reason why those first weeks after a baby is born are so vital is the importance of the breastfeeding relationship. However, for many mothers, that relationship is soon disrupted – as many as a quarter of mothers return to work less than 10 days after the birth of their child, and half are back at work within 40 days . Breastfeeding can and does continue once women return to work – the new federal healthcare law is helping to ensure that employers provide the accommodations that breastfeeding moms need. But to get off to...
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When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Linking Women’s Economic Security and Small Business Success

August 13, 2013
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s press conference last month announcing the House Democrats Economic Agenda for Women and Families, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds,” ended with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s speech highlighting the importance of the Agenda to small businesses. Congresswoman Velazquez is certainly an example of women succeeding; she is one of the few women (and the first Latina) to chair a full committee in the House. Velasquez is the ranking Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, which represents a community not always associated with support for policies like...
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