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How to truly commemorate Women’s Equality Day

We celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26 – the 95th anniversary of women in the U.S. winning the right to vote. It was not an easy victory. It took 72 years, with a multitude of activists using many tactics,

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Mother is calling on Gov. Inslee to fund paid maternity leave (Video)

Rebecca Valley, a new mom who works as an Administrative Assistant in Everett, is calling on Governor Jay Inslee to fund paid maternity leave. When she gave birth 11 months ago to her daughter Matilda, Rebecca planned to use her

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“What more could my wife and I have done to deserve time with our new child?”

“What more could my wife and I have done to deserve time with our new child?”

February 6, 2015

Patrick Williams, a soon-to-be dad, has a pointed question for Washington state legislators about when they’ll finally take action on family and medical leave insurance (HB 1273): Full text: “Good morning. My name is Patrick Williams. My wife, Caitlin, and I are eagerly

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“Family leave should never be a matter of luck.”

“Family leave should never be a matter of luck.”

January 30, 2015

Marilyn Watkins, EOI’s Policy Director, makes the case for family and medical leave insurance (House Bill 1273) to Washington state legislators (Jan. 29, 2015): Full testimony: “Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. It should never be a

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“Family leave should never be a matter of luck.” [VIDEO]

It should never be a matter of luck whether a parent can afford to spend the first precious weeks and months of life with their newborn child. It shouldn’t be a matter of luck whether someone can recover from surgery before dragging themselves back to work.

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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1273 – Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1273 – Family and Medical Leave Insurance

January 30, 2015

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Labor Committee on HB 1273 – Implementing family and medical leave insurance, January 29, 2015. Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. It should never be a matter of

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Guess who’s leading on paid leave? (Hint: Not us)

By Secretary of Labor Tom Perez I spent last week in Melbourne, Australia representing our government at a meeting of Labor Ministers of the world’s 20 major economies. After sitting down with my G20 counterparts and learning more about their policies relating

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Join us in strengthening women’s economic security – Vancouver

You are warmly invited to join the Economic Opportunity Institute in strengthening women’s economic security in Vancouver on September 10th. In partnership with the Washington Work and Family Coalition, we are co-hosting events across Washington state to help build policies that

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

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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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Time to take care of our own: Let’s pull ourselves into the 21st century, America

The United States is one of four countries in the world that doesn’t offer new moms paid maternity leave. Pakistan has better maternity leave policies than us.  Now, I can be an American exceptionalist as good as the next girl,

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