Shelby Ramirez is a working mother and caretaker to her father. She is an activist with 9to5 National Association of Working Women and board member of the local chapter. Her activism and efforts around advocating for paid family and medical leave insurance earned her a lunch with President Obama in 2014.
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April 14, 2015
As a woman working a low-wage job, it can be a struggle to make it paycheck to paycheck. When my younger daughter needed surgery at the same time that my elderly father needed immediate medical attention, times were tough. If not for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), I would not have been able to take time off from work to care for them. But having to take time off unpaid was an enormous financial burden for me. I had to choose between paying rent and caring for my family. I needed to make sure they had medications and healthy meals. After not paying rent and utilities, it took me four...