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Survivors of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault need paid sick days

November 14, 2009
Domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault pose a great risk to far too many Americans--and the numbers of victims are increasing, not decreasing. A minimum standard of paid sick days, or "paid safe days," would provide victims with job-guaranteed paid time off when they need it most--to leave...
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Paid Sick Days in New York City

November 14, 2009
Recently, the New York Times ran a compelling article about the vast numbers of American workers lacking paid sick days, and how critical paid sick days are in putting the breaks on the H1N1 epidemic. We have to act fast--the time for paid sick days in NYC is now! We can't do it without your help,...
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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...
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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...

Sleepless in Sacramento?

July 30, 2009
Today is Governor Schwarzenegger's birthday. But we're not exactly in the mood to throw him a party right now. On Tuesday, the Governor used his line-item veto authority to revise the state budget and add another $50 million in cuts to the state's Healthy Families Program, bringing the total cuts...
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A Day For Parents

July 22, 2009
Embracing his daughters, walking hand-in-hand to a Halloween party, attending parent-teacher conferences, soccer games and dance recitals -- these are the images of President Barack Obama that have most captured my heart and imagination. I confess, this mom has a sentimental side. But, the real...

UPDATED! Help Daniel's mom keep her home

June 30, 2009
On Friday, we heard a story that we felt we had to share with you. It's about Daniel's 84 year-old mom, Irene. Her bank is selling the house she has lived in for 34 years.

What's $1.00 minus .78 cents?

May 12, 2009
What's $1.00 minus .78 cents? It's the difference between your salary and the salary of your male counterparts. If you're a woman of color, you can subtract at least an additional 10 cents, and for single mothers you can take away even more . That's right: Just sixty cents to a man's dollar. Seem...


March 19, 2009
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White House Council on Women and Girls

March 16, 2009
Yesterday the President announced the formation of the White House Council on Women and Girls. This is a very high level group comprised of Cabinet Secretaries and the directors of numerous federal agencies.
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