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"Working Maternity Leaves" Aren't the Solution

July 18, 2012
This blog was cross-posted from Womenstake , the National Women's Law Center's blog. On Monday, the news broke that a pregnant woman is now leading a Fortune 500 company—an important and exciting milestone. Before being appointed CEO of Yahoo this week, Marissa Mayer disclosed her pregnancy to...
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On the 10th Anniversary of Paid Family Leave, It’s Time More Workers Know About It

July 17, 2012
At any point in their lives, workers may need to take time off to care for either a new child or a sick family member. While we have state and federal laws to protect workers from losing their jobs or benefits when they take leave, the leave time is mostly unpaid. Unpaid leave hurts a family's...
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My Advice to Women Who Give Advice to Women

July 2, 2012
Cross-posted from The Huffington Post . By now, you’ve probably either read or read about Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic essay in which she recounts from personal experience why she believes women cannot “have it all” and calls on all of us to recognize the conditions that must change to make it...
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Take Action: Tell Congress Families Need Paid Family Leave!

June 25, 2012
Good news: We’re expecting! We’re expecting that Congress will soon receive a special delivery message from moms and dads that families need paid family leave! The "stork" (i.e. MomsRising moms) will be delivering thousands of signatures to our open letter to Congress on Tuesday, July 10th. Have...
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Slaughter versus Sandberg: Both Right

June 23, 2012
First, thanks to Anne-Marie Slaughter for peeling the band-aid off an open wound of American womanhood. It’s our dirty little secret: balancing work and family is still impossible for elite American women because of the way we structure work, family, love, marriage, careers, masculinity, and...
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In Sickness and in Health? LGBT New Yorkers Need Family Leave Insurance

June 22, 2012
In the year that has passed since Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York Marriage Equality Act, thousands of same-sex couples have vowed to take each other "in sickness and in health." Yet because of discriminatory and inadequate federal laws that deny LGBT spouses the protections...
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California Leads the Nation in Helping New Dads in the Workforce

June 15, 2012
By Vibhuti Mehra, Labor Project for Working Families Last month, I wrote about a state-by-state analysis that ranked California as a leader among nearly all other states in the country because of its policies to support working parents. California was one of just two states to earn a grade of “A-”...
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Men, Divorce and Happiness

May 25, 2012
Some bits of news to slip in before the long holiday weekend , when you’ll surrender to the seductive aroma of the grill and a tall glass of your favorite iced beverage with sunscreen at the ready. Ahhh. Social scientists have documented men moving into traditionally “pink collar” jobs like nursing...
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Expecting a Baby, Not A Lay-Off: ERA Report Shows Accommodating Pregnant Workers A Win-Win

May 21, 2012
By Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates Two stories. Two radically different endings. Maria and Angie work for different employers in different states. Both were thrilled when they became pregnant. They were confident that they could continue to perform their jobs during...
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What's a Mother's Worth?

May 13, 2012
By Riane Eisler and Shireen Mitchell Should Mother’s Day just be about nice cards and pretty flowers? Or should it be about giving the people who care for us, and the essential work they do, real worth? How did we do this Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day Tea in the East Room of the White House, May 10,...
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