Story Bank

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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Loren’s Story

“I experienced poverty for the first time…for someone with an Ivy League education, someone with a lot of privilege…a lot of work experience, and is just struggling to stay afloat, I couldn’t imagine what is was like for other families…”

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Dani’s Story

I have a caretaker for my kids who also has kids and so asking her to spend more time away from her children just makes me uncomfortable.

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Jill’s Story

My twins came prematurely…and they were in the hospital for four weeks and I was supposed to be back at six [weeks].

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