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Tell Congress: Don't waste time putting lipstick on a pig!

April 7, 2013
One of my preschooler’s favorite jokes: What do you get when you put lipstick on a pig? Answer: A pig. Why do I bring this up? Because right now, some members of Congress are trying to put lipstick on a pig: They’re introducing a bill called the “Working Families Flexibility Act,” a "comp time" bill which certainly sounds good, but in reality is anything but. If passed this bill would mean a pay cut for workers and less – not more – workplace flexibility. What the what? It’s true. Despite the name, the comp time proposal is neither family friendly or flexible. What it would do is weaken a 75-...
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HERVotes on protecting families from the "Ryan budget": A MomsRising.org blog carnival

March 19, 2013
Tomorrow the House of Representatives will vote on the Ryan Budget. It is devastating to women’s advancement and to programs that women want and need. It is the budget that women overwhelming voted against in the 2012 election with a decisive gender gap. HERvotes , with its 52 women’s organizations, is urging a NO vote. The Ryan Budget would repeal all of the benefits in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) while it keeps the cost savings -- a hypocritical slight of hand. And women would pay dearly. Health insurance companies could once again treat women as a “pre-existing condition” and...
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4 Things Sheryl Sandberg Gets Right (and Wrong) in "Lean In"

March 15, 2013
I refused to be one of those people who criticized – or even commented too much – on Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead , until I’d read it. Since my week included client crises, a non-profit board meeting, tap and drum lessons and oh yes, recovering from the hour we lost to Daylight Savings Time, I didn’t even pull it up on my iPad until late Thursday. I was pleasantly surprised to find many things I agreed with, yet often in the next paragraph I’d find something very wrong. Here are four of those Right/Wrong pairs. 1. RIGHT: Subconscious bias is at the...
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Dying For Work?

March 13, 2013
Last July, Felix Trinidad died after working for months with cancer . He wasn’t able to earn paid sick days and he was so worried about losing pay or possibly even his job – and his ability to support his wife and two small children – that he put off going to the doctor until it was too late: His cancer was so advanced that there was no chance of recovery. Felix is far from alone. In the United States, nearly 40% of private sector workers, including 80% of low-wage workers, are unable to earn even a single paid sick day to care for themselves or a sick family member. This is not okay. We can...
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Sheryl Sandberg's Most Important Words

March 12, 2013
This story originally appeared in the Woman in Washington blog. "Success for me is that if my son chooses to be a stay-at-home parent, he is cheered on for that decision. And if my daughter chooses to work outside the home and is successful, she is cheered on and supported." --Sheryl Sandberg, NPR's Morning Edition , March 11, 2013. If you stacked up everything that’s already been written about Sheryl Sandberg and her social-movement-in-a-book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead , you’d have more pages than the book itself. Who needs to read the book now? We already know what’s in it...
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Twelve Weeks and Twenty Years: Happy Birthday, Family and Medical Leave Act!

February 5, 2013
On FMLA’s 20th birthday, America should celebrate this critical piece of legislation, which gave millions of workers the right to job-protected, unpaid leave. But we must also recognize how much farther we have to go in creating a workplace that takes into account the caregiving needs of the 21st century workforce. First, the celebration : Thanks to the FMLA, millions of workers have been able to take time off from work without risking their jobs to care for a new child, for their own illness, or to care for family members who were sick. Ninety-one percent of employers report that complying...
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Got the flu? Got sick time to use?

January 30, 2013
Here at MomsRising, we work virtually--on the phone and on our computers. Somehow, that hasn't stopped us from passing around this mean winter bug that has made national news headlines the past two weeks. Every other day one of us was sending icky morning email updates about fevers and persistent coughs we were battling, kids' puke we were cleaning, or some fun combination of it all. One of my co-workers, Ruth, who dedicates most of her days fighting for paid sick days for moms everywhere, asked us to tweet or email pics of our sick selves and kids to our local lawmakers, urging them to pass...
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Going Over the Fiscal Cliff: Women and Kids First

December 10, 2012
Congress is likely to remain in session until Christmas Eve -- wrangling over the looming sequester and expiration of the Bush tax cuts. The country doesn't have enough money, or doesn't spend it right, or the rich have too much of it, or the middle class doesn't have enough, or the poor get too much in the way of handouts. If lawmakers don't do something quick, on January 1st we're all going to turn into Thelma and Louise and go over a cliff. But this time it won't be the Grand Canyon. It's something called the fiscal cliff. Who's right? Who's wrong? And most of all, who gets pushed over...
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Your Guide to Avoiding Election Day Snafus

November 6, 2012
IT’S HERE! Election Day is today (November 6th!) and it's time to get out there and vote! It can be enough of a challenge just getting to the polls today, but it’s so important. Make sure that you have everything you need this election day to make your voting experience go smoothly. Find out: What's on your ballot How to find your polling location How to do election day voter registration Tips on breastfeeding at the polls Election day activities for kids ...and more, in this handy guide to avoiding election day snafus: Check your ballot: Plug in your address and you can preview your ballot...
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An Idea is Brewing in CT: Family & Medical Leave Insurance

November 2, 2012
Connecticut is beginning work to develop a Family and Medical leave insurance program that can provide much needed relief to families and businesses. Employees get sick, aging parents need assistance, and families want to spend time with their newborns. We can learn a lot from the experiences of California and New Jersey as we make plans in Connecticut.
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