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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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It's time for moms to ask the questions!

October 23, 2012
Are you headed to a town hall event, election forum, or did you just run into a candidate at the grocery store? Take along our handy list of sample questions that you can use to ask the candidates about issues that are important to women and families. Find out where your candidates stand! And, you don't have to ask your question in-person. On Twitter? Check out our list of sample questions in Tweet-form below (Scroll down). You can cut and paste these directly into Twitter and Tweet them to your candidate. Let us know what happened! Did you ask a candidate a question or two? Let us know how...
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Women, Binders, Dinner, Oh My!

October 19, 2012
What a week! The "binders full of women" quote exploded in a wide ranging national conversation . It appeared everywhere from Facebook images going viral to people writing hilarious reviews of binders on Amazon . But while pundits analyze the "binders" issue, we at MomsRising have some additional women's economic security policy questions that must be addressed. You see, after the second presidential debate we know where candidate Mitt Romney stands on women, "binders," and home-cooked meals, but we don't know where he stands on key women's economic security policies like access to earned...
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Disciplined at work for caring for my sick child: Why retail work needs a makeover!

October 10, 2012
My name is Tamara Green, and I’m a single mother of two from Bed Stuy in Brooklyn. For two years, I was a top salesperson at Estee Lauder’s Aveda store in Grand Central Station. I was just forced to quit because my hours had gotten cut to just 10 hours a week – My last week, I was only scheduled for 4 hours. Here I was, selling $90 shampoo and $35 hand lotion, but getting paychecks that made providing for my family impossible. I needed to work full time and asked for more hours all the time. But because I was considered part-time, my hours and paycheck fluctuated all time. My youngest...
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R U 4 Paid Sick Days?

October 1, 2012
This week, workers all across the country will be tweeting that question to candidates for office at all levels, asking them to support this basic workplace standard or explain why they will not. At a time when more than 40 million hardworking Americans can't earn any paid sick time to use when they get stomach flu or need a medical test -- and millions more can't earn paid sick time to care for an ailing child -- it's a question we all need answered. Right now in the United States, more than 40 percent of the private sector workforce -- and more than 80 percent of low-wage workers -- cannot...
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