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Why Tax Credits for Business Won’t Get Us Paid Leave

It’s great to see people from all political camps talking about paid leave. Caring for babies, recovering from surgeries, and helping ailing partners or parents affects nearly everyone. But the devil is in the details and some of these proposals

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Paid Sick Days Helps Cities Thrive

I live in Milwaukee. Every so many years city leaders will launch a contest for a new logo, a new slogan. For a while we were “a great city by a great lake.” Lots of time and advertising dollars to

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Carrying on the Fight for Family Leave

When the Family and Medical Leave Act finally became law 24 years ago, someone from the local Chamber of Commerce cornered me to complain. The new law provided up to 12 weeks unpaid leave to care for a new child

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Marching Toward Justice

Women’s rights are human rights — and women are many kinds of humans. We must defend all of us.

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D.C. Council Should Show LGBTQ Workers Support with Paid Leave Bill

On Dec. 6, 2016, the D.C. Council voted to advance the Universal Paid Leave Act, a bill that would provide workers with paid family and medical leave to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill loved one,

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Reject Trump Policies That Set Families Back

Some congressional Democrats have announced they want to find areas to work with President-Elect Trump and point to paid leave as an example. As an activist and a legislator, we know the legislative process means we seldom get everything we

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Reject Trump’s Maternity Leave Scheme

Some congressional Democrats have announced they want to find areas to work with President-elect Trump and point to paid leave as an example. As an activist and a legislator, we know the legislative process means we seldom get everything we

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Open Letter to Congress and Candidates on the Zika Virus from Leaders on Gender Equity

This letter to Congress and candidates for political office comes from dozens of prominent leaders at the intersection of economic, racial and reproductive justice.

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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day by Calling for the Healthy Families Act

By Ellen Bravo When my husband and I moved to Milwaukee in the early 80s, one of us needed a job with health insurance. I applied to be a word processor at the phone company. It was a union job

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Behind the Polls: Why Voters Want Time to Care

Hila Ritter and her husband in Portland, OR, both work-full time. Yet neither job includes any paid leave. So Hila worked while ill during her pregnancy to hold on to her sick days and saved up her vacation days. Still,

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