Game Changer Awards

Honoring Champions Who Put Families First

In honor of champions who have put families first and changed the game for all of us in the fight for paid leave.


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Policy Champion: Representative Maxine Waters (CA)
Exemplary political and moral leadership that spans 14 terms in the House, national and global activism, and endless courage.

Culture Champion: Ky Dickens
Ky’s Zero Weeks film powerfully lays out America’s paid leave crisis and the movement for change.

Labor Champion: United Food and Commercial Workers
Leaders in using organizing and political strategies to win strong contracts and public policies that put families first.

Worker Activist: Barbara Tunstall
Leader in Maryland’s fight for paid sick days, connecting the personal, moral and political imperative for change.

Business Champion: Molly Moon Neitzel
Owns Molly Moon Homemade Ice Cream in Seattle, paid leave champion, member of Main Street Alliance.

Community Partner: Mi Familia Vota
Building power with Latino voters to win economic, immigration, and education justice for communities.

Host committee:
Melanie Campbell, Holly Fechner,Sarita Gupta, Saru Jayaraman, Mary Lassen, Karen Nussbaum, Chris Owens, Ai-jen Poo, Will Robinson, Teresa Younger.

We especially want to thank the thousands of activists across the country who are putting their families first and changing the rules for all of us. Because of their collective action, more than 30 million people newly have access to paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance – and many more wins are on the horizon. And finally, special thanks to the AFL-CIO for the use of their space, and to their terrific staff for their help with arrangements.