August 21, 2014Como una de 11 hijos en una familia de inmigrantes agricultores, trabajé en las granjas de la valle central en California durante condiciones muy duras en los años 50 y 60, antes de que la movilización de Cesar Chávez nos ayudará. Estar enferma o herida o mostrar alguna señal de síntomas de envenenamiento por los pesticidas no era opción. Si ocurrían, teníamos que igual seguir trabajando. “Si no quieres trabajar, hay mucha gente que puede tomar tu lugar,” te decía el capataz o contratista. Poco ha cambiado desde esos tiempos en nuestro país, especialmente para el sector privado de...
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August 13, 2014The following post, with minor modifications, was first featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser as an op-ed last week, right before Hawaii’s state primary. The first sentence of the editorial read: " As this primary season comes to an end.. ." But the primary season did not end on Saturday as Hurricane Iselle hit parts of the state, impacting the ability of some residents to cast their ballots. So one polling location will open this Friday to serve those who were not able to vote, but it's still unclear whether they will truly be able to exercise their rights as citizens because many of them...
August 4, 2014Could it be that workers whose employers offer leave benefits actually end up getting sick less often because they are happier? Senator Al Franken (D-MN), tongue firmly in cheek, proposed this “radical” idea at a hearing on paid leave held by the Senate Health Economic Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Children and Families.
July 21, 2014The White House Summit on working families was last month, but we’re still riding the high of the momentum and energy cultivated at such a groundbreaking event. The fact that our nation’s leaders dedicated an entire day to issues that MomsRising members have been working on since we were founded in 2006 is huge.
July 15, 2014I became aware of the huge bias against mothers in hiring, wages and advancement over a decade ago. In response I co-founded MomsRising.org with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. As I learned more and more about work that was compatible with parenthood it became clear that all the practices that are good for mothers are good for everybody, businesses included. In 2010 I co-wrote The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where and How to Work and Boost the Bottom Line . Out of the pink ghetto, a year later, speaking at a Wall St. conference it became clear to me that even this was not sufficient! There...
July 7, 2014Turns out that pretty much all the good work culture practices that are good for moms are good for everybody. And movements are more powerful when they inspire everybody!
July 1, 2014“I had to drive the school bus with the H1N1 virus. I am the sole provider for a family of four, so losing that one week of income was horrible.” – Wanda, Connecticut “As a union stewardess I saw a manager tell a bus monitor that she "didn’t care that she’d have to find another family member to take her kid with a heart problem to the doctor." – Patricia, Connecticut Wanda and Patricia’s experiences are far too common among employees without access to critical workplace policies like paid sick days. Workers shouldn’t have to choose between their jobs and taking care of themselves or a sick...
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June 26, 2014Do you have a second to sign a very important thank you card to the White House? Click here to sign on to the thank you card now! Why the card? Well, we (and you) just had a… drumroll please…. MAJOR VICTORY!
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June 25, 2014MAJOR VICTORY! MomsRising.org's top policy priorities & members were prominently featured at the The White House Summit on Working Families--and also in their blog recap of Monday's Summit!
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June 21, 2014My mom was sitting across from me at the kitchen table, coloring a kite for me to take the 837 miles from my home in Florida to Washington, DC.