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The Real Feminist Nightmare: It’s definitely not Michelle Obama

When the first lady is attacked for embracing her role as “mom-in-chief”—despite her leadership in key policy areas like stemming the childhood obesity epidemic, increasing access to healthy food and aiding military families and veterans—it’s time to call foul. The

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

Watch: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelsoi speaks at local forum on strengthening women’s economic security

Yesterday, the Washington Work and Family Coalition hosted a forum on the economic security of women and families. The event included remarks from U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene and Adam Smith and local women who

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Think paid family leave would hurt business? California and New Jersey say “Think again”

Washington state is poised to continue the success of California and New Jersey’s paid family leave laws. Reports have shown in California  that 9 out of 10 employers report a “positive” or “no noticeable ’’  effect in profitability, worker turnover,

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Demand Action from Washington State Lawmakers on Paid Leave

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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Rhode Island Governor Signs Paid Family and Medical Leave into Law

Via Washington Work and Family Coalition Families in Rhode Island will now have access to paid family and medical leave thanks to new legislation signed into law by Governor Chafee last week. Championed by We Care Rhode Island and Family

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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 and Medical Leave Insurance

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

April 26, 2013

Welcoming a new child, fighting cancer, caring for an aging parent – there are a handful of times in life when we all need to take significant time off work to care for ourselves or our families. But too many Washington workers

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Marilyn Watkins: Family and medical leave is more important now than ever

Marilyn Watkins: Family and medical leave is more important now than ever

April 22, 2013

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Appropriations Committee on HB 2044, April 22, 2013 Good morning, I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute, also speaking also for the Washington Work and Family Coalition, which worked with

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Family and Medical Leave Insurance: Business Voices

Family and Medical Leave Insurance: Business Voices

April 9, 2013

“I try to treat the people who work for me the way I want to be treated. It makes sense to support your people, and they’ll support you – which will gain you market share, which will make you more

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Evelin Bargas: In support of Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Evelin Bargas: In support of Family and Medical Leave Insurance

February 5, 2013

My name is Evelin Bargas. I live and work in Bellevue. I took a vacation day from work to come here with my husband and son and testify in support of family and medical leave insurance. My dad has been

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