Prior to joining MomsRising, Erin Bennett Leighton 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 lives in Denver with her wife Lucy and their two adorable cats, Oscar and Nuka, and spends as much time as she can exploring the mountains and wilderness areas of Colorado and the West.
Blog Post List
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!