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STATEMENT OF                                                     CONTACT: Gretchen Wright or Molly Tomlinson
KRISTIN ROWE-FINKBEINER                                                 202/371-1999
AND JOAN BLADES, Co-Founders of MomsRising
on Yahoo’s decision to end allowing employees to work remotely

February 26, 2013

Statement by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner and Joan Blades, Co-Founders of MomsRising, on Yahoo’s decision to end allowing employees to work remotely

“Yahoo's announcement that it is ending its policy of allowing employees to work remotely is being met with shocked disbelief. The fact that an Internet company, which has contributed to the ability for people to work from home, is ending this long-standing practice is troubling, especially given the immense success of companies who regularly use remote work options. Flexible work environments can be highly effective in many jobs, not just for parents or others with family obligations, but for anyone.  Removing this option cuts a company off from the talented and innovative workers they need to remain competitive.
“The modern workforce needs modern workplace policies and practices. As technology has made possible these advances, the composition of our labor force has also changed: Women now comprise half the paid labor force for the first time in history and three-quarters of moms are now in the labor force. Most families now need two parents working for pay to make ends meet. 
“From the highly paid to those making minimum wage, far too few women in America have flexible work options—almost three-fourths of working adults say they don’t control their work schedules. In fact, the top reason identified by highly educated and trained women for leaving the ‘fast track’ is the lack of family time.  
“Companies like Yahoo, which need highly creative and talented people for their workforces, must  understand the important benefits of allowing employees to work remotely on their overall productivity and the well-being of our nation’s families.”

# # # # # is an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable childcare, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many others.  MomsRising also advocates for health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families. In 2012, named MomsRising’s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the third year in a row. In 2013, Working Mother magazine included MomsRising on its “Best of the Net”list.