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Cleopatra Isn’t the Only Queen of Denial

November 24, 2009
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog While you’re lying there, semi-conscious, a human petri dish of contagion, consider this: There’s nothing like a pandemic to highlight the holes in a nation’s public health policy. I am committed to getting women, family careworkers, and paid careworkers the credit they deserve. It didn’t happen during the mythic time when women were idolized for their cake decoration or wizardry with the vacuum sweeper (and contentedly economically dependent). It hasn’t happened – yet – in recent decades as women have marched in growing numbers to work. It still hasn’t...
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The Senate, the Swine Flu, and Sick Days

November 11, 2009
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog The President, the Center for Disease Control, your doctor, and your child's teacher are telling you to stay home, or keep your child home, when the body aches, the head pounds, and the fever rages. Fine. But how can you do that if you don't have any paid sick days? This was the question at the center of a hearing before a U.S Senate subcommittee yesterday, as the impact of the current pandemic was considered, and how a ‘paid sick days’ policy could mitigate the damage of the next one. So, what can you do with no sick days? A: You drag yourself to work, keep...
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MomsRising member testifies in the Senate!

November 10, 2009
MomsRising member Desiree with Senator Dodd before the hearing. Today a hearing on H1N1 and the need for paid sick days was held in the Subcommittee on Children and Families of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. Currently, 57 million working people across the United States who do not have paid sick leave and are forced to go without pay if they or any of their children are sick. This is a serious problem for public health officials, who are trying to contain H1N1. Connecticut MomsRising Member Desiree Rosado was there to testify on behalf of MomsRising, and...

Mass Mamas tell legislators why we need paid sick days now!!

October 7, 2009
Myself and about 20 other Moms Rising members and kids packed the room with supporters of the bill. Our kid’s fell asleep in the aisles listening to all the suits talk, they snacked away through lovely speeches in support of the bill from Rep Kay Khan and Ellen Story, and even made a couple security guards snicker!

Moms at the MA State House today!

October 7, 2009
This is it! Today is the big day - there is a hearing in the Massachusetts State Legislature to talk about the Paid Sick Days bill. YEAH! And the MomsRising community is a big part of the action - we're delivering written copies of the stories moms have sent us about their experiences with paid sick days (or the lack thereof), and filling the hearing room with moms and kids from all over the state. We'll even have a MomsRising member testify during the hearing with her personal story about needing paid sick days. You can be a part of the action, too. Make a difference right now on the outcome...

Paid sick days help vulnerable families

October 6, 2009
I heard the wonderful Dr. Barbara Ferrer speak on Boston’s NPR station about the recent study conducted after this spring’s influenza/H1N1 outbreak. She was asked to comment on the fact that H1N1 had disproportionately affected blacks and Latinos in the Boston metro area and why this may be. Three-quarters of those infected with swine flu in Mass are Black or Latino. One of the main reasons she gave was that people can’t stay home when they are sick because of lack of paid sick leave. NPR also commented that Mayor Meninno is asking businesses to “let workers stay home.” As a low income mother...

Sex, Love and Labor Statistics

September 28, 2009
On NPR this week, I was asked if there’s any good in the new statistics showing that women now outnumber men in the work force. Maybe. If it lets us embrace women as breadwinners, I said, that would be healthy. Even healthier: If men do their part at home and free women to keep the kinds of jobs that pay well. Listen But, like many things, this all comes down to love and sex. Some people get uneasy when women make more money and men do more childcare. Why is that? I’m guessing it’s the same reason that, until we wrote our book, I’d never heard these two facts: 1) Growing your earnings power...
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MomsRising Thanks Massachusetts Legislators for leadership on Paid Sick Days

September 23, 2009
We were delighted to see this editorial in the Stoneham Sun by Massachusetts legislator Jason Lewis. Today, nearly 1.4 million working people in Massachusetts aren't allowed to earn a single paid sick day -- and even folks with paid sick days are often not allowed to use them to take care of sick kids. As a result, too many workers are going to work sick, or sending their kids to school sick when there's no one to take care of them. With the threat of an H1N1 outbreak this fall, the CDC is asking people to stay home from work when ill or keep their sick kids home from school to reduce the...

Data Show That Paid Sick Days Pay Off For Employers

September 22, 2009
New data show that employees who receive at least five paid days off per year for personal illness are healthier, and enjoy greater personal well-being. As our country looks at comprehensive health reform measures, we must consider policies that help employees stay healthy and engaged at work, even if these policies may seem, at first glance, unrelated to the provision of health care. Sixty-three percent of American employees receive at least five paid days off per year for personal illness. However, low-wage/low-income employees are much less likely to receive at least five paid sick days—...

H1N1 - Your thoughts?

September 2, 2009
Wow. H1N1 is on moms' minds. Over 33,000 people signed on to the petition we sent around last week, agreeing that: "The United States needs to allow all working people to earn paid sick days to ensure our economic security, and protect public health." The leaders of our nation are working hard to prepare schools, parents, businesses, health professionals, and the entire country for this year's flu season and H1N1. But if families are forced to choose between paying their bills and showing up sick at work, the flu response plan will be on thin ice. Want a chance to tell our leaders, in your...