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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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The Stories Behind the New Work Family Strategy Council Poll

Family Values @ Work Director Ellen Bravo participated in the Work Family Strategy Council press conference on polling numbers. Here is her statement: Behind each poll number is a story of someone trying their best to be a good parent,

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Local Activists Meet National Champions for Paid Sick Days

The poster in the front of the Senate briefing room June 15 heralded a decade of wins paving the way for a national paid sick days standard. And an array of voices demonstrated the pain and the determination behind those

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