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Must Be Nice... Wish I Had a Kid

October 30, 2013
If you've not only heard about - but really thought about - the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance that was just passed in San Francisco, you know what we're getting at with this title. If you're still celebrating the legislation that will go into effect on January 1, 2014, you may want to stop reading as we expose the plain truth that will cause your bubbly to go flat in about 3.5 seconds. We'll start at the top and say that the intent of the ordinance is ultimately good - to attract more families to the San Francisco area, keep them there, and make it less likely that these Californians...
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Paid Family Leave in California: All is not well

October 2, 2013
Update: On September 24, 2013, Governor Brown signed SB 770, which will take effect of July 1, 2014. This bill will expand the definition of family for the California Paid Family Leave Act. On Jan. 9, 2012, Women's eNews published my article, " Paid Family Leave Pays-Let's Buy in This Year ." I wrote it in response to a Human Rights Watch report written by Janet Walsh and published in 2011 describing the lack of paid family leave programs in the United States. Their report showed that a lack of paid leave can increase sickness and poverty for families, as well as job discrimination. My job...
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Labor Day Shines Light on Challenges, Courage of Low-Wage Workers

August 31, 2013
Shaniqua , a 20-year-old mother, works for McDonald’s in New York City, where she can rarely get 40 hours a week. She struggles to afford food, diapers, and other basics. Nick , a McDonald’s worker in Indianapolis, survives on $800 per month while caring for his chronically ill mother and disabled brother. Medical bills from a recent sinus infection cost him nearly a month’s wages. Dearius , an assistant manager at a Memphis Church’s Chicken, says fast food workers are tired of struggling to provide for their kids. And Shonda , a 38-year-old mother of three who works at a KFC in Oakland, says...
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When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Linking Women’s Economic Security and Small Business Success

August 13, 2013
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s press conference last month announcing the House Democrats Economic Agenda for Women and Families, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds,” ended with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s speech highlighting the importance of the Agenda to small businesses. Congresswoman Velazquez is certainly an example of women succeeding; she is one of the few women (and the first Latina) to chair a full committee in the House. Velasquez is the ranking Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, which represents a community not always associated with support for policies like...
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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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We did it! Thank you for helping push paid sick days across the finish line in NYC!

June 27, 2013
We have great news! We won! After a long fight, more than one million New Yorkers have brand new access to paid sick days! The City Council was up late and passed the law at 2:32 this morning . Thank you to every one of our members and coalition partners for making this win possible! You sent thousands of letters and made hundreds of phone calls to City Council members. You signed petitions, rallied at City Hall, and shared your stories to explain how important earned sick days are to moms and our families. You even hand-delivered messages addressed to Speaker Christine Quinn to convince her...
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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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Fathers on Family Leave: A MomsRising Blog Carnival

June 12, 2013
Father's Day is a great time to reflect on the joys, struggles, challenges and epiphanies that come with fatherhood. I'm honored to introduce this MomsRising.org Blog Carnival that focuses on the early days of fatherhood - Fathers on Family Leave, with revealing stories from dads about their introduction to fatherhood. Like me, there are other fathers for whom the arrival of their children was revelation to the important demands of child care. However, I had the privilege of paid family leave - a privilege that seems to bestowed by chance in this country. Based on data the Bureau of Labor...
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Investing in families pays off

June 12, 2013
The birth of my daughter came just about 1 year after starting a new job in the non-profit sector. I was fortunate in that the organization I work for is run by warm and kind people who appreciate and value the staff. Our staff of seven people were also fairly young on average when I started, and so the arrival of my child would be the first one of anyone on staff at the time. Luckily, the organization had and maintains a clear parental leave policy, a policy that I've found is much better than most similar sized organizations. I was able to spend the first three weeks of my daughter's life...
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