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Working Mother Heads To Washington, D.C.

Regan Long | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

At one point or another, we all will have to separate from our baby, no matter what age they are. That being said, some parents are forced to do this in an unfathomable amount of time. When we look at an average leave being 6-12 weeks of unpaid leave in the United States, for many, that would be a gift.

5 Ways to Retain and Support Working Mothers

Adrienne Partridge, Ph.D | Posted 07.27.2015 | Women
Adrienne Partridge, Ph.D

I conducted my doctoral dissertation research on stay-at-home mothers' experiences of career exit, stay-at-home motherhood, and career reentry. Each woman had her own experience and circumstance that led to her career exit. The good news is that there are ways that organizations can better retain their working mothers with the help of improved structures and policies at the governmental level.

Open Letter to CEOs Who Oppose Paternity Leave

Josh Levs | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Josh Levs

When families are allowed choices about which parent will stay home -- a choice that only exists with paid leave, businesses are able to hold onto their best employees regardless of gender.

Hard Work With Jeb Bush

Dean Baker | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

In describing his economic agenda last week, Republican president candidate Jeb Bush said that "people need to work longer hours." While he quickly tried to walk this one back, there can be little doubt that Mr. Bush meant what he said.

The Kitchen Table Rules the World

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Morra Aarons-Mele

Disappointingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, the many candidates vying for the GOP nomination have not come out in support of paid family leave

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown, but favor greater economic equality.

What a Feminist Dad Wants For Father's Day

Jacob Feinspan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Jacob Feinspan

I want my little boy, and his big brother, to grow up in a world of real gender equity. Of equal pay for equal work. Where moms are proud of their work both out in the world and at home -- and where dads get credit only when we take on a fair share of parenting.

This Father's Day, Let's Ensure All Parents Have Access To Paid Family Leave

Sen. Jeff Merkley | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Sen. Jeff Merkley

I'm proud to be a Senator, but I'm even prouder to be a dad. This Father's Day, let's embrace true family values and push for fair, inclusive family leave that will make our economy work better for everyone.

A Father's Day Reminder and Challenge to Dads in Congress

Debra L. Ness | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

Nobody should forget that paid leave is a family issue -- not just a women's issue. Men, like women, want to be good parents and good caregivers for their families. Yet the vast majority of men don't have access to supportive workplace policies that would enable them to do so.

Top 6 Things Fathers Should Know About Their Workplace Rights

Dina Bakst | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Dina Bakst

If you're still struggling to find that perfect gift, forget the necktie and send dad this list -- something he can actually use at work.

Arthur Delaney

Bernie Sanders Wants To Bring Back Your 40-Hour Workweek

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) thinks Americans may have forgotten about the 40-hour week. "A hundred...

What Do Paid Leave and a Box Full of Kittens Have in Common?

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Paid family leave is as popular as vanilla ice cream and a boxful of kittens. In a CBS-New York Times poll from late last month, 80 percent of people support a paid family leave law and 85 percent believe we should have paid sick leave!

My Run for Office in Hawaii: Why Call It a House When There Are So Few Mothers In It?

Shay Chan Hodges | Posted 06.09.2015 | Hawaii
Shay Chan Hodges

I'm very glad I threw my hat into the ring, and I hope I not only brought attention to legislation that working families need, but also to the fact that our state is losing out by not fully utilizing the creative and intellectual capacity of all our residents.

The Robots are Coming: How a Caring Economy Is the Best App for a Shrinking Job Market

Riane Eisler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Riane Eisler

The tech and automation job-quake is finally gaining attention, with predictions that nearly half of American jobs will be lost within a couple of decades. Yet too many leaders still avert their eyes, making decisions through a rear-view mirror rather than planning for a horizon already upon us.

Mission Possible -- and Necessary, and Long Overdue

Ellen Bravo | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

If we listened to corporate lobbyists and conservative politicians, we'd spend our time dodging imaginary chunks of falling sky. Make sure all workers can earn paid sick days?

Extraordinary: Facebook Says 'Not On Our Watch' to Poverty Wages, Family Unfriendly Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Debra L. Ness

Wow. Today's announcement by Facebook marks the dawn of a new day in this country. At a time when federal lawmakers are dragging their feet on fair and family friendly workplace policies, corporate America is beginning to step up by adopting these policies voluntarily.

White House 2016: Is Hillary Clinton More Pro-Woman Than Her Democrat Rivals?

Heather Gautney | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

NOW chapters around the country and leagues of women voters are lit up over the possibility of a woman president. And many of them are hankering for Hillary.

All In: Elon Musk's Denial and Things Bosses Actually Have Said

Josh Levs | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Josh Levs

This workplace gender policing is hurting everyone -- men, women, children and the businesses themselves. Across the country, men are joining with women to rise up against the backward policies, laws and stigmas that are damaging us and preventing us from achieving gender equality.

Trading Flowers for Funded Family Leave Is Good for Moms, Family and Business

Michael Coates | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Michael Coates

Providing supportive parental policies benefits business as well as families. Parents, especially mothers, often leave the office for an extended period of time to care for their families.

Hillary Clinton Calls For Paid Family Leave In Mother's Day Campaign Video

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents

Hillary Clinton's latest campaign video is all about paid family leave. Released on Mother's Day, the video touts Clinton's commitment to fighting...

A Mother's Day Wish: 21st Century Workplace Policies

Ellen Bravo | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Ellen Bravo

My opponent described her volunteer work at a local school and how angry she was at the mothers who didn't come to pick up their kids when the school called to say they were sick. "I'm angry, too," I said. "But why are you angry at the moms and not at the boss who would fire them or dock their pay if they answered that call?"

A Small Request for Mother's Day

Carol Joyner | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Carol Joyner

The U.S. stands alone with Papua New Guinea in having no paid leave program for new mothers. By comparison, all of the countries we trade with and a total of 178 nations across the globe have a form of paid family leave, usually for women after childbirth but in many countries, for men as well.

What Moms Really Want for Mother's Day

Michelle Noehren | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Michelle Noehren

New moms deeply cherish the time they have with their newborns and should not have to worry about paying their bills while out on leave. They should not be forced back to work too soon. They should not have to delay pregnancy for years.

The $11 Billion Federal Maternity Leave Pay Act

Janis Powers | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Janis Powers

Now that a woman is running for president of the United States, there is sure to be increased media dialogue about women's issues. But the one issue that is finally getting long overdue attention is the one about which Americans have had the least productive dialogue: the need for funded maternity leave.

Hillary Clinton and the Economics of Women

Melissa Deckman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Melissa Deckman

Unlike the 2012 presidential campaign, in which much of the "war on women" rhetoric employed by Democrats hinged on reproductive health politics and the birth control mandate, next year's presidential race will address a broader array of economic concerns for women, at least if Hillary Clinton has a say.