Tamika Middleton is a life-long social justice advocate committed to examining and fighting against racial, gender and economic oppressions. In addition to her work as an organizer, writer, performer, birthworker and mother of two homeschooled little ones.
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February 20, 2015
Before getting into teaching, Shalonda Ravenell never considered the issue of paid time off or maternity leave. “As a teacher, the job that you do, you don’t get paid what you’re worth, so you would think that there’s sick leave somewhere for you when you have babies,” said Shalonda, a married mother of two and a business education teacher at a public high school in Florida. “But you don’t get six weeks’ worth of pay [for maternity leave] if you don’t have that time saved up,” she told me. Shalonda isn’t alone. With no federal right to paid sick leave, maternity leave, or paternity leave in...