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Put Families First: Federal Paid Leave Program is a Win-Win

Dina Bakst | Posted 02.10.2017 | Home
Dina Bakst

Twenty-four years ago this week, then-President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)—the nation’s first and only law to add...

Progressives Hang Onto Hopes For Ivanka Trump

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 02.07.2017 | Home

WASHINGTON ― Progressives wondering whether President Donald Trump will give any notice to their concerns hold out hope that his daughter Ivanka wil...

I'm A Stay-at-Home-Mom And A Proud Feminist

Farrah Alexander | Posted 01.27.2017 | Home
Farrah Alexander

You expected feminists to be a little more Pussy Riot and a little less Carol Brady? You're not alone.

Why Department of Labor Pick Puzder is a Threat to Women

Linda Meric | Posted 01.24.2017 | Home
Linda Meric

Working women and our families saw important gains under the leadership of the Obama Administration's Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Secretary Hi...

Rewrite the Rules: Crowdsourcing Better Paid Leave Policies

Heather Whaling | Posted 01.09.2017 | Home
Heather Whaling

When my son was born, he spent 13 days in the NICU. I was by his side all day, every day -- spending as much time with him as the doctors and nurses w...

Doing Well By Doing Good: An Interview with Nick Sandow, Joe Caputo from Orange Is the New Black, on Exposing the Injustices of the U.S. Prison System

Alexandre Mars | Posted 12.13.2016 | Home
Alexandre Mars

I attend a lot of events and conferences around the world that act as gathering hubs for very interesting people. Needless to say, I'm meeting a lot o...

Washington Is Leading The Way On Paid Family Leave

Tom Spiggle | Posted 12.09.2016 | DC
Tom Spiggle

The Washington, D.C., City Council recently announced it will vote on a paid leave bill that would be one of the most generous in the nation. Thanks to the city's demographics and its unique position as the nation's capital, this vote could be a major turning point for the country.

Here's One Progressive Cause That Might Not Wither In The Trump Era

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and the sudden real possibility of a registry for Muslims scares Jacob Feinspa...

Family-Friendly Workplaces Are Good For Business

Joe Keefe | Posted 11.21.2016 | Home
Joe Keefe

Family-friendly workplaces have a lot going for them, including basic decency and fairness, advancing the rights of women, and promoting the health an...

This One's For You, Mr. Trump.

Cynthia Dill | Posted 11.16.2016 | Home
Cynthia Dill

When Alec Baldwin stopped being funny on "Saturday Night Live" and instead loosened his tie and started skipping around Times Square hugging people, I...

Paid Family Leave Pays Off

Donna Morris | Posted 11.07.2016 | Home
Donna Morris

Photo: Maria Cannon, Adobe We are just days away from the U.S. presidential election and I have mailed my ballot for the very first time since becomi...

Together We Thrive: A Better Future For All Women And Girls

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 10.26.2016 | Home
Valerie Jarrett

I've seen what works and what doesn't. We know what the solutions are and we have a blueprint for how we can continue to do the important research to find our way and ensure that every girl and every women has an opportunity to compete on an even playing field in this greatest country on earth.

Let's Double Down This Month For Working Families

Matthew Melmed | Posted 10.14.2016 | Home
Matthew Melmed

If the new Congress and a new administration want to get off on the right foot with hard-working families, they must commit to policies designed and proven to improve outcomes for young children. This National Work and Family Month, let's hold our candidates to a real commitment to hard-working families by demanding meaningful policy adoption and implementation. It's time to move from rhetoric to reality.

Chobani To Start Offering Paid Family Leave To All Its Employees

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.06.2016 | Home

Starting next year, workers at yogurt maker Chobani will be eligible for six weeks of paid parental leave when they have a child ― and it won’t ma...

A Double Bind Punishes Low-Income Families as Lawmakers Deny Women Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Parenting

Debra L. Ness | Posted 09.30.2016 | Home
Debra L. Ness

Sometimes it's hard to fathom the ways laws and policies evolve in this country, with little coherence and an often-painful disregard for their impact...

Women, It's OK To Shout It From The Rooftops: #ImWithHer!

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Hillary is wining and as she does it she's bringing all of us to the table -- and she's putting critically important policies that are too often overlooked and which lift our economy and our families front and center on the national agenda where they belong.

The Time Has Come For Progressive Family Leave In America

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 09.21.2016 | Home
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

What do Papua New Guinea, Oman, and the United States of America have in common? They are the only three countries in the world with no paid-maternity-leave law. The United States tops the list of the ten worst countries for parental benefits, tied with Lesotho and Swaziland.

Why Moms Shouldn't Be Fooled By Trump

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 09.15.2016 | Home
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Last night's speech by Donald Trump was a desperate bid to attract the powerful mom vote. Despite his attempt to recreate reality and position himself as a champion of working families and women -- including the outrageously false claim that Hillary Clinton "has no child care plan" (Secretary Clinton has had a comprehensive plan since June 2015) -- moms will not be fooled.

Mike Pence Opposed Paid Leave Proposals While In Congress

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home

If Donald Trump really wants to guarantee paid maternity leave for working women, he’s going to need to convince his fellow Republicans to break fro...

Paid Family Leave: We're Not #1, but We Could be #184

Sunil Rajaraman | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home
Sunil Rajaraman

In the past few years, such political giants as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Andrew Cuomo have brought attention to paid family leave by discussing their own experiences as fathers, and describing the ways these policies benefit men too.

Why Hillary Can't Take A Sick Day -- But Should

Laurie Levy | Posted 09.12.2016 | Home
Laurie Levy

Why was it so hard for Hillary Clinton to admit she had pneumonia? To take time off from her campaign to recover? To skip the 9/11 ceremony? I understand she does not want to show weakness, especially because she is the first woman running for President.

This Labor Day, Remember That Martin Luther King's Last Campaign Was for Workers' Rights

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.02.2016 | Home
Peter Dreier

Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, but few know why he was there. King went to Memphis to support African American garbage workers, who were on strike to protest unsafe conditions, abusive white supervisors, and low wages -- and to gain recognition for their union. Their picket signs relayed a simple but profound message: "I Am A Man."

These Moms Are Turning Tragedy Into Activism

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Petchers | Posted 08.30.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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Does the Democratic Party Have a Progressive platform--and Does it Matter?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 08.29.2016 | Home
Lawrence Wittner

Shortly after the Democratic Party’s platform committee concluded its deliberations this July, Bernie Sanders announced: “Thanks to the millions o...

Our Short-Sighted Approach To Alzheimer's Funding

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 08.19.2016 | Home
Lou-Ellen Barkan

Today, with no prevention or cure in sight, the U.S. healthcare system is unprepared to withstand the extraordinary pressure of so many people ill with dementia and needing care. Make no mistake.