Story Bank

Genevieve’s Story

I was faced with threat of being fired if I didn’t show up for a shift when I was ill.

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Jackie’s Story

We certainly haven’t gone far in the last few decades in making life easier for families. When we profess to want parents to do a better job parenting, we need to give them the tools they need to do that.

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Adam’s Story

“I had a fever of 104”, but “taking time off from work would have cost me too much.”

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Patricia’s Story

“I work two jobs and have no access to paid sick days; because of this lack of access, I have a risk of illness for my patients and complications for myself.”

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Brian’s Story

“One of the things we have realized is that just because the income stops, doesn’t mean that the bills stop coming in.”

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Devon’s Story

“[For] the people that I work with . . . one day being sick means six months to a year of unemployment.”

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Ali’s Story

I work for myself as does my husband…and politically and personally we believe that the good treatment of mothers is a human rights issue.

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Caroline’s Story

I had a very sympathetic employer…I think it is unfortunately rare.

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Lara’s Story

Back in Australia…I had the first four months with my daughter at home.

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Jennifer’s Story

“…when my child is sick my partner and I have to argue about who’s going to take time off of our jobs to take care of him.”

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