Erin Bennett Leighton is a Campaign Director on the Workplace Justice team, based in Denver, CO. She primarily focuses on paid family and medical leave campaigns in the Southwestern United States. Prior to joining MomsRising, Erin spent more than a decade as an organizer, nonprofit director, and consultant in Colorado. Most of that time was with 9to5 Colorado, where as the State Director, she led the chapter's organizing, legislative, and electoral campaigns - particularly focusing on paid family and medical leave and other work-family campaigns. She currently serves as the Board Chair of Colorado Jobs With Justice. Erin received her BA from Colorado College in Biology and Women’s Studies. She and her wife Lucy have two adorable cats, Oscar and Nuka, and spend as much time as they can exploring Colorado and the West.
Blog Post List
March 23, 2018
Equal Pay Day is the day that symbolizes how much longer into the following year that women, on average, have to work to earn what white men earned in just 12 months. Equal Pay Day is a good opportunity to talk about the wage gap, how it impacts everyone, what it’s going to take to close the gap, and how we can work on that together. So we’re thrilled to be partnering with local businesses across the country to raise awareness about the wage gap, and we’re very excited that Poor Richard’s and Rico’s Cafe are our partners in Colorado! Join the Equal Pay Day MeetUp, where you’ll have a chance to meet MomsRising staff and members in your area. We'll share opportunities for you to get involved locally with securing equal pay, passing paid family and medical leave, and other campaigns to support working moms and families!
February 12, 2018
Because of you and MomsRising members like you, earlier this week, New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich announced his support for the FAMILY Act and signed on as a co-sponsor! → Please sign our card to Sen. Heinrich, thanking him for supporting New Mexico families! New Mexico MomsRising members were key to Sen. Heinrich's decision. Over 3,500 MomsRising members in New Mexico have signed a petition calling on NM's US Senators and Representatives to support paid family leave. And, just a few months ago, we delivered your signatures to Sen. Heinrich -- urging him to co-sponsor the federal FAMILY...
October 24, 2017
Whether it’s to care for a newborn you swear already smiles, a mom who is ill, or a spouse battling cancer, being there for family is what matters and you shouldn't have to give up a paycheck to do it. Unfortunately for far too many working families, that is exactly what is happening right now. Because the United States is one of the only countries in the entire world without a national paid family and medical leave policy. But we can take action, right here in New Mexico, to change this!
October 4, 2017
Whether it’s to care for a newborn you swear already smiles, a mom who is ill, or a spouse battling cancer, being there for family is what matters. You shouldn't have to give up a paycheck to do it. But non-existent paid family and medical leave policies are forcing working parents to make impossible choices. But together, we can change this!