Former Campaign Director for Workplace Justice. 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 Lucia 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
May 2, 2019
Yesterday afternoon, Colorado took a MAJOR STEP FORWARD on paid family and medical leave when Senate Bill 188 passed the State Legislature! This bill, now called the FAMLI Implementation Plan, creates a process for conducting necessary research and analyses and making recommendations about the best way for Colorado to implement a paid family and medical leave program in 2020. This is a huge step in the right direction, but we can’t take anything for granted. We’ve got to show our legislators that while we’re excited about this big step forward, we’re counting on them to come back next year...
March 11, 2019
I can barely contain my excitement! Last Thursday, the CO FAMLI Act (Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act) was introduced in the Colorado State Senate as SB19-188. After 5 years of this bill being introduced and discussed, this could FINALLY be the year it passes! But we can’t take anything for granted. We’ve got to make sure our legislators know we’re counting on them to pass the strongest bill possible! → Sign our petition to show your support for paid family and medical leave in Colorado! No one should have to go back to work just days after having a baby, no one should lose their job...
Paid Leave for CO!
January 25, 2019
Are you looking for a way to make sure your voice is heard when it comes to important issues being discussed at the Colorado State Capitol, but you don’t live in Denver? Well if so, you’re in luck -- we’re coming to YOU! MomsRising and Good Business Colorado would like to invite you to be an important part of a very special conversation between community members like you, local business owners, elected leaders, and families to talk about paid family and medical leave, and YOUR VOICE is critical to the conversation! → RSVP today to hold your spot at a paid family and medical leave listening...
June 15, 2018
June is LGBTQ+ Pride month, and all of us at MomsRising are excited to celebrate—and we also recognize how much work we still have to do to reach full LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc) equality in our country. → Join us in celebrating Pride month and calling attention to all of the issues we still fight for every day with our special MomsRising Pride signs. You can bring them to any parade, event, or gathering near you—or, showcase them at home in a window or another spot! This Pride month, let’s remember that policies that impact people in LGBTQ+ communities impact us...
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!