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Hear Shelby’s story: Learn why we need paid family leave

Shelby Ramirez wears many hats: mother of two, daughter, worker and full time student. After a recent experience of taking time off work to care for sick family members-and facing poverty as a result-Shelby questions if she should add another hat to the

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How paid leave helps Rhode Island families succeed

By Rhode Island State Senator Gayle Goldin As a state legislator in Rhode Island, I’m always thinking about how we can make our state a better place for families. We may be the smallest state in the country, but we’re taking

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Politics of Parenting

Ellen Bravo from Family Values at Work, Carmen Wong Ulrich from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Jonathan Metzl from Vanderbilt University and The Reid Report’s Joy Reid join to discuss the hardships parents can face when it comes to working

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Powerful new video on the national fight for working families

Voices from the Front Lines – a powerful new video from Family Values @ Work – combines a series of real-life vignettes about the struggles of working families across the country. From new moms forced back to work days after

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Gender wage gap robs Washington women of over $10 billion each year

Women and families in Washington and around the nation continue to struggle under an unflinching gender wage-gap. Today, on Equal Pay Day, let’s reflect on what the wage gap means for Washington women and families and what we can do

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81 Percent of New Moms Don’t Even Qualify for the FMLA

August 5th, 2013 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act – the nation’s first law guaranteeing most workers job-protected unpaid leave for certain medical or family emergencies. This week our blog will focus on the importance of family and

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California to consider law protecting worker’s right to take paid family leave

Unlike most workers in Washington state, workers in California can take paid family leave when welcoming a new baby, providing care for a seriously ill family member, or recovering from their own serious health condition. California’s legislature made this possible

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What I’d really like for Mother’s Day this year

I’ve been a mom for 28 years now – and a daughter for a lot longer. At this point, I’d rather have time with my sons for Mother’s Day than the little handmade gifts they used to give me when

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Finland ranked top place to be a mother

Being a mother isn’t an easy job, no matter where you’re doing it. But in Finland, which ensures a high quality of life for mothers and their newborns, it’s easier than most everywhere else. Finland was recently ranked number one

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Family Leave Is Out of Reach for Many American Families, Especially Latinos

Twenty years ago this month, former President Bill Clinton signed a bill into law aimed at helping parents take time off after the birth or adoption of a child. The reality, however, is that many Americans still can’t take time

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