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What You May Not Expect When You’re Expecting

August 12, 2013
Co-written with Katherine Ullman. So you or your partner is pregnant. There are plenty of important decisions to consider: what will be the little one’s name? Will you share the name with friends and family or keep it a secret? What about gender? Do you want to know? Do you want others to know? Will the baby take your last name, your partner’s or something in between? As exciting as these considerations may be, they often distract from the more daunting task of navigating the workplace while expecting: sad to say, this is the dark underbelly of pregnancy in the United States. What you may not...
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Paid leave = sleep deprived fantasy?

August 5, 2013
In this country, paid family leave has been nothing more than a sleep-deprived fantasy for most new parents. But now there's some exciting news! MomsRising members have been sending storks to the Hill all year and it's paying off! The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a budget bill that includes million to help states develop paid leave programs. 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. But we can’t celebrate just yet: The full U.S. Senate and House...
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August is National Breastfeeding Month, A Time for Advocacy!

August 1, 2013
Here’s a spin on National Breastfeeding Month: activism! August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week , which is a time to advance breastfeeding as part of the country’s larger healthcare agenda. Throughout the month, MomsRising.org will collaborate with other groups to advocate for a society that is more supportive of breastfeeding. Join us! One event we’re really excited to present bridges the gap between celebrating breastfeeding and moving the country forward with breastfeeding-friendly policies. “Action for the Summer Recess” is a free, live webinar...
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Happy Birthday, ADA!

July 23, 2013
Expectant mothers risk losing their jobs, their babies, or both when employers deny them pregnancy accommodations at work - accommodations as modest as the right to carry a water bottle due to persistent pregnancy-related urinary tract infections or the right to take more frequent bathroom breaks due to nausea. "We don't pay you to pee," said one supervisor. A pregnant machine operator we'll call Sara gave her employer a doctor's note recommending that she be placed on light duty because of abdominal pain. Her employer responded that her only option was to go on unpaid leave, she told staff...
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Kate and William: Poised to Influence Parents Worldwide

July 12, 2013
Great Britain's royal baby has a title but no birthday yet. Due any moment, the third-in-line to the throne already has thrust Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage philosophy and parenting practices into the limelight, where they will remain for nearly two decades. William and Kate promise a more modern style of marriage and family than their royal predecessors. Though the Prince is professionally employed 600 miles away in Wales as a search-and-rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force, he vowed to "move heaven and earth" to be at Kate's side when she gives birth at St. Mary's Hospital in...
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Reflections on being an at-home dad

July 10, 2013
Today's the last day of my paternity leave, so I wanted to reflect a bit on the experience. When I tell people I'm on a 4-month leave, the initial response is typically surprise that my company offers such a generous benefit. Facebook's paternity leave policy is unusual, but I hope it becomes less so. It's good for gender equality in the workplace and it's good for families with fathers. That's typically followed by surprise that I'm actually taking it -- why would I want to subject myself to that torture (from parents), why would I want to sit around and do nothing for 4 months (from non-...
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Support for Working Mothers Shouldn't Be a Perk

June 30, 2013
A recent article in the New York Times seems to confuse corporate perks with what should be corporate priorities. In “ The Calorie-Packed Perk ,” Molly Young wrote about the many perks high tech start-ups offer employees: birthday cake, barbecue, Pinkberry, pinball machines, nursing rooms and “lactation consultants.” (Quotation marks hers, not mine.) According to BusinessDictionary.com, a perk is a privilege “granted to employees in addition to their salaries and benefits (such as medial and pension plans). True perks have little or no cash value or tax implications and may include company...
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Sen. Harkin Holding Townhalls Across Iowa

June 26, 2013
Iowans, this message is just for you: THIS week Sen. Tom Harkin's staff is hosting several town halls across Iowa and it's a perfect time to go and talk about why access to earned paid sick days and paid family leave are so important. Sen. Harkin is champion on these issues for families across Iowa and across the country - but he can't do it without your help. If you've got questions about where things stand for these issues in Washington, DC and stories and experiences to share about why we need access to earned sick time and paid family leave, be sure to stop by one of these town halls this...
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Member Voices: Sexism's stamina is actually not so puzzling.

June 25, 2013
Ed.: MomsRising member and blogger Dasa Kelly responds to a recent op/ed in the New York Times about the stamina of sexism in our culture. Oh, where to begin. What this , Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Anne Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic piece , and others fail to mention in the ongoing debate on women in the workforce and - more broadly, what these trends say about sexism in our society - is how women get to Congress or the boardroom in the first place. Where is talk of paid maternity leave , school schedules that are currently based on an agrarian calendar and that require $$ camps/$$aftercare/trying...
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Give Dad a Break

June 14, 2013
The annual June Father's day shopping binge is at its zenith. Stores are touting the latest gizmos and geegaws, and everybody loves Dad. All except corporate America, that is. Just count the number of companies giving paid leave to men with newborns. While some employers offer time off with pay to new moms (and most don't), not many give dads the same benefit. When they do, it's almost always less time. Only 12 companies on Working Mother magazine's 100 Best list give equal time to dads and moms alike, and for five of those it's a stingy one week. Some of the big tech companies seem to be...
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