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May 5, 2007
Our friends at Legal Momentum - a legal advocacy group working on women's issues - have just released a new book that celebrates women's achievements. It's called Women: A Celebration of Strength and believe it or not it’s a pop-up book (but it's not just for kids!).
January 29, 2007
Today on the front page of the Times is an article on how women politicians are changing the rules of politics by emphasizing the ways that mother- and grandmother-hood has influenced them, presenting their experience as mothers as a key component to their capability as legislators. Read more by clicking here.
July 31, 2006
UPDATE: The Senate may vote on this issue within the next 24 hours. Please call your Senators and let them know what you think about linking a hike in the minimum wage to a cut in the estate tax. BACKGROUND: Just before leaving for their summer recess, the House passed a bill that would raise the federal hourly minimum wage from $5.25 to $7.25 over three years - but the other provisions in the bill make it very unlikely that it will pass the Senate.
July 24, 2006
Last week San Francisco passed an ordinance that is a bold step towards providing health care for all city residents. The plan is innovative, since it's not technically insurance - people covered through the plan must receive care in San Francisco through the city's system of public and community clinics and hospitals.
July 6, 2006
Joan Williams (a leading expert on workplace law and part of the MomsRising.org project) was featured last night on ABC News in a story on workplace discrimination against family caregivers. "Picking on Moms in the Workplace" described the difficulties parents face in balancing the needs of their children and their work obligations.
June 29, 2006
Debate has been heating up again in DC over the federal minimum wage. Last week a proposed amendment in the Senate to raise the minimum wage from the current $5.15 to $7.25 failed to get 60 votes - but 52 Senators (including 8 Republicans) supported it. In the House, the Appropriations committee (breaking with the Republican leadership) attached a $2.10 hike in the rate to a major spending bill - but now that bill may not see a vote until after the elections.
June 13, 2006
Just wanted to check in with a quick update from the Take Back America Conference. We previewed the new MomsRising documentary last night to great reviews - and we'll look forward to distributing it through house parties this fall. This morning Senator Clinton spoke to the conference, and highlighted the MomsRising project and the need for family-friendly policies in her speech (see pg 6) - we were thrilled by her support and that she's working on several pieces of legislation that addresss the core goals of MomsRising (children's health care, minimum wage issues).
June 6, 2006
Last week MomsRising had a great time at the NetSquared conference . I participated in a lively panel on gender and social networking, and Joan was a big hit at one of the conference plenary sessions. Joan taped an interview that should be airing soon on Link TV - we'll update the broadcast schedule when we have it.
May 24, 2006
MomsRising.org is going to the NetSquared conference next week in San Jose. Joan will be speaking at the plenary Grassroots, Netroots, and the Beginning and End of Politics on Wednesday morning with Amy Goodman and Michael Turk on how her work with MoveOn and MomsRising has changed the way we think about and participate in politics.
May 20, 2006
Today I attended the Women for a New Los Angeles/ Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy luncheon. It was such a great surprise to open up the latest issue of their newsletter and find a full-page article on MomsRising! Barbara Ehrenreich gave a powerful acceptance speech for her award, with a clear focus on economic inequality and the obstacles working mothers face.
May 19, 2006
Not everyone spent Mother's Day eating breakfast in bed. In Laguna Niguel, California moms participated in the Mighty Mama Skate-o-Rama, a fundraiser for a local children's home. Women's Enews has an article that talks the way a new generation of moms are redefining motherhood. In response to economic and social pressures, women continue to express themselves and their ideas about parenting through art, music...and skateboarding.
May 15, 2006
MomsRising is getting noticed! In the last week we've had coverage in several major news media, as well many articles in the local press: Time.com put us in their list of "Ma Power!" groups. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer covered the MomsRising.org launch and described how we're moving key motherhood issues into political discussions.
May 10, 2006
At noon today, (Mexican Mother's Day) members of the UNITE HERE will converge on the LAX Hilton to ask that hotels give housekeepers (most of whom are moms) a break.
May 3, 2006
The website salary.com released a study today calculating the true cost of a mother's childrearing labor - they calculate that stay-at-home moms' would earn $134,000 a year if paid for all her work; mothers who work outside the home perform an estimated $85K of additional work.