As a mom of two young and very rambunctious kids, I consider it a personal victory if we all make it out of the house wearing shoes each morning. So I totally understand how for many folks like me, the political ramblings taking place in Harrisburg can feel like a distant animal … interesting to observe when you cross its path, but a bit scary to approach.
- Pennsylvania women who work full-time, year-round earn 77 cents on the dollar compared with similarly employed men. African-American women earn only $0.68 on the dollar compared to white men, and Latina women a shocking $0.56.
- Only two cities in the Commonwealth - Philadelphia and Pittsburgh - have measures requiring employers provide paid sick days (huge victories for MomsRising and our movement!). What's worse: some corporations in Pittsburgh and lawmakers in Harrisburg are even trying to roll those back, and prevent new local paid sick days laws from passing throughout Pennsylvania (we've been successful at staving attacks off so far, thanks to many of you!).
- In the year 2015, many pregnant or breastfeeding are denied medically-necessary workplace accommodations like sitting on a chair at work, or taking extra bathroom breaks.
Wow. Not a pretty picture. What do the state of politics look like for our kids?
- Join us on the Pennsylvania State Moms Force! We're building a community of moms eager to launch conversations and take action to build a more family-friendly Pennsylvania.
- Read the paper, watch the news and/or talk with your exercise buddies, neighbors or PTA. Knowing what’s going on is the first step towards knowing what you’d like to see. (We’ll send periodic updates around issues in Pennsylvania, too!)
- Join us in dreaming about how our communities and state can do a better job to support moms, families and kids. Share it with others. This January we’re delivering our “wishes for a family-friendly Pennsylvania” to decision makers in Harrisburg. Can you take a moment to share a few thoughts on what a family-friendly PA should look like here: http://action.momsrising.org/survey/2016_wish_list_PA/.
- Connect with other moms eager to take action. Find your tribe! We're organizing state-wide calls and local Meet Ups, and invite you to host gatherings with friends and neighbors too. When we bring our minds and voices together, we're unstoppable.
- Register and vote! If you have time join the PTA, and/or attend town or city council meetings. Visit your legislators and talk about issues you care about. The best way to ensure our workplace, community, state and national policies support women and families is to be present in the spaces where those decisions are made. Register to vote here.