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Skip the Black Friday Frenzy – Watch "The Raising of America" Instead

November 25, 2015
Skipping the Black Friday frenzy? Or just looking for a worthwhile way to unwind from a jam-packed Thanksgiving? Watch "The Raising of America" –– a groundbreaking film about why so many American children are faring so poorly and what we can do about it –– for free online until November 30th!
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Support Moms on Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2015
This weekend support these mom-owned businesses for Small Business Saturday!
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Conversation Cafe with Marco Rubio

November 10, 2015
I had a chance to spend some time with Marco Rubio - he gave us some insight on where he stands on important issues like paid leave, immigration and increasing the minimum wage.
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Victoria Chao: Valuing Voices and Catching Up

November 4, 2015
by Victoria Chao We’re at a point in history where it’s actually pretty good to be a young woman in the professional world. It’s remarkable to think that we live in a world where: Paid maternity leave is a national conversation. As I’m writing this, the second most popular column in The Washington...
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This Professor’s Secret Could Save Your Life

October 28, 2015
Professors lead cushy lives. They get to stroll the grounds of stately, ivy-covered campuses, tailed by flocks of eager students who revere them as intellectual giants. Or so I’d always thought. Then I met Susan . Susan is a smart, highly educated professor. She lives in the Tacoma area where she...
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My Speech on Women and Work

October 26, 2015
Tomorrow I will be giving a speech about the state of working women. The event, which is sponsored by the National Women's Law Center, takes a look at both the progress we have made and what is left to be done to ensure women have equality in the workplace and our daily lives. Here are some...
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Family First -- 3 Moms Document the Paid Family Leave Movement

October 23, 2015
In March of this year, Honolulu filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford and I had our first discussion about the project that would become FAMILY FIRST, a film that will interweave the movement to pass paid family leave with history, pop culture and contemporary portraits of working mothers and fathers in America. Though the issue of national paid family leave is finally gaining traction -- as evidenced by the recent Democratic Presidential debate -- when I first reached out to Kimberlee in May of 2014, this was definitely not the case.
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October 22, 2015
Wow - I'm still excited about how much attention the issue of paid family leave insurance generated at the Presidential debate last week! Right after the debate, I wrote a piece for to talk about how and why momentum for paid family leave is building in this election. OUR goal in writing...
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Death By a Thousand Cuts

October 21, 2015
I grew up solidly middle class. So much has changed since then. We expect more. Two cars, not one. More than one television per household. Air conditioning, not fans. All the new gadgets. What has also changed is that health care costs have soared. Cars and housing take up a larger percentage of...
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You've Come A Long Way, Baby! The Fight for Paid Family Leave in Maryland

October 20, 2015
My eleven year old daughter Maeve is excited. She and I were at a debate watch party when former Maryland Governor (and Presidential candidate!) Martin O’Malley said with great pride that he had expanded parental leave in our state. I’m not going to lie, I screamed with joy. That’s my bill! My...
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