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Family Economic Security

Who Gets a Turkey This Thanksgiving?

November 23, 2011
I asked my daughter, "What's your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?" She answered in one exuberant word, "Eating!" While many celebrate by eating together on Thanksgiving, far too many children in our nation (nearly 1 in 4) live in families who are struggling to put food on the table because of...
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#WomenOccupyWorld: We Are Country

November 22, 2011
I am Country As earth lays bare her fertile body I stand boldly naked Whole and entwined We are one In defiance of your objection Objectification You may not dissect me You may not own me You may not occupy me I am Country Every part that you cut, rape, and mine You cannot destroy me My blood runs...
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With Child Poverty on the Rise, Can the Super Committee be Champions for our Kids?

October 18, 2011
The recent release of the new census data should serve as a stark reminder to the 12 members of the Congressional “ Super Committee ” that our nation’s children are in crisis. Overall, the data revealed that the number of children living in poverty has risen to a record 16 million . That’s greater...
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Child Care Keeps California Working

September 23, 2011
Amparo Moreno cares for 8 children in her home, almost half of them with special needs and five of them eligible for subsidized care. Moreno's families are lucky. She used to work at a school for special needs adults and is passionate about helping children with behavioral issues master the social...

Kick it to the curb?!

September 20, 2011
Sometimes when I open the newspaper, I feel like throwing it right back out to the curb. (No disrespect intended to the curb.) Last week, for example, there was the terrible new census data report that nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty, and one in four babies born in America right...
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#HERvotes Jobs Blog Carnival: Women and Jobs are Central to US Economic Recovery

September 15, 2011
I was shocked and saddened when I saw the new poverty data from the U.S. Census that was released earlier this week. The Census data analysis revealed serious declines in women's economic status, including the highest poverty rates in 17 years for women, as well as the highest extreme poverty rates...
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Living on a prayer? Latinas need jobs and the ability to live with dignity

September 15, 2011
Economic security has been a major concern for everyone, but perhaps especially so for Latinas. Studies indicate that Latinas had an 11.4% unemployment rate in August 2011, compared to about 9% overall. And when they work, Latinas earn, on average, less than sixty cents for every dollar earned by a...

Rebounding from a “Mancession,” Remembering the Ladies

September 15, 2011
President Obama recently laid out his new “American Jobs Act” before Congress in the hope of revitalizing our economy, putting the willing to work and finally ending one of the Nation’s longest and worst recessions. With unemployment at a startling high--and making only marginal, if any,...

Hooray! (Now Let's Do It Again)

September 14, 2011
Even though things are gridlocked in D.C. right now, we're still having victories across the country! For example, the Seattle City Council overwhelmingly passed paid sick days just this week– and MomsRising members are widely credited with helping to bring this about with their emails, calls,...
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A Woman’s Work on Economic Equality is Never Done

August 25, 2011
A divorced janitor, a 27-year employee and the mother of a seventeen-year old son with the mental capacity of an 18-month old, fails to report for mandatory overtime one Saturday when her son’s caregiver could not work because of a sick child. She calls twice and leaves a message for her manager...
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