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A Long Overdue (Economic) Gift For Our Fathers

Father’s Day generates less sentimental gushing than Mother’s Day. But as this Father’s Day approaches, I’m reminded that just as struggling moms need fair pay and paid family leave a lot more than flowers, fathers need these policies, too –more

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What a dad wants, what a dad needs…has changed

When my brother was born, my dad took the day off work. He was overjoyed about the birth of his first child and couldn’t wait to spend as much time as he could with him. The next morning though, being

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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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The brilliance of “daddy days”: How paternity leave can narrow the gap between working moms and dads

When Chris Renshaw told his co-workers that he was planning to take six weeks of paternity leave, they responded with overwhelming support. “It’s definitely looked at in a good light,” says Renshaw, 28, who lives in Northern California and was taking

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What does it take for a dad to actually use paid family leave? (Here’s a hint: incentive.)

As a new dad who both received and used paid family leave when my daughter was born, I’m a bit of an outlier among my peers. It doesn’t have to be that way. Only 11% of U.S. employees nationwide have paid family leave

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A Father’s Day gift that keeps giving

By Ellen Bravo and Stewart D. Friedman Policies such as family and medical leave programs and earned sick days make it easier for fathers to bear their responsibilities. On this Father’s Day, too many fathers have to choose between the 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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US women working percentage stagnant while others grow

A new report released by two Cornell labor professors shows that over the past 20 years, the percentage of U.S. females working has remained relatively stagnant, while many other OECD countries have seen moderate to rapid growth. In 1990, 74%

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Paid Family Leave: Can We Change The Maternity And Paternity Leave Debates To Include Everyone?

All over the world — in places as diverse as Sweden, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Switzerland, and Indonesia — legislators have realized that time with a child, without worry over a lost paycheck, is a right, not a frill. And in the US?

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More dads looking for family leave

The Oregonian recently featured four new dads who, like many of their peers, are taking time off from work to bond with their newborns. According to a Columbia University study, those same dads will also tend be more involved later

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