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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 04.22.2015 | 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.

Paid Leave Announcements Confirm the Country is Ready for 21st Century Leave Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
Debra L. Ness

The announcement that White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will soon kick off a historic 'Lead On Leave' tour is exciting news that comes amidst strong, widespread demand and support for paid leave.

New York's Real Wealth Producers Hungry for Paid Family Leave

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 03.28.2015 | New York
Susan Ochshorn

The governor is ignoring parents -- the state's most significant wealth creators. They produce children, our human capital -- a job for which they receive no salary, pension benefits, profits, or dividends.

Paid Family Leave Moves Forward in Connecticut with Bipartisan Support

Michelle Noehren | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Michelle Noehren

Something historic just happened in my home state of Connecticut. The Connecticut General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees committee moved forward a bill that would create a state-wide system of paid family and medical leave, with bipartisan support.

Politics As Usual: How the Federal Government Fails Working Parents

Rachael Ellison, MA | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Rachael Ellison, MA

Change is hard and good policies aren't enough in a culture that doesn't prioritize caregiving. For a glimpse into the challenges of creating a truly family-friendly culture we only need to look to America's largest employer -- the federal government.

The Benefits to a Paid Family Leave Law That Nobody Is Talking About

Sarah Thébaud | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Sarah Thébaud

It's now time to increase our support for working families by implementing legal changes that guarantee paid family leave and other polices that support workers in the challenging task of balancing their employment and family responsibilities.

Where Men and Dads Fit in the Work-Family Balance Equation

Emily Baxter | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Emily Baxter

It can be easy to paint work-family balance issues, and the policies that could make a real difference for the economic security and well-being of our families, as women's issues only.

200 Million Reasons to Support Paid Family and Medical Leave

Debra L. Ness | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This year, we sought to determine just how big an impact the FMLA has had these last 22 years. The result tells a bittersweet story about our nation -- one of progress, problems and possibility.

Men And Women Prefer Egalitarian Relationships -- If Policies Support Them

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 01.23.2015 | Women

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama came out in full support of paid family leave, an option that's currently unavailable fo...

An American Outrage: Having Babies on Sick Leave

Judith Barnett | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents
Judith Barnett

In attempting to maintain our status as a superpower, perhaps the United States should come to the realization that a woman does not have to be sick to have a baby.

On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Let's Talk About Paid Family Leave

Michelle Noehren | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Michelle Noehren

While protecting and defending our right to abortion services we must also support the choices of women who want to expand their families. Paid family leave is a natural extension of the choice movement because our ultimate goal is to support women, no matter their choice.

President Obama's Announcement a Historic Win for Working Families

Linda Meric | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Linda Meric

9to5 and our members applaud President Obama's announcement that he will aggressively address the lack of paid sick days and family leave for millions of working families.

What I Want U.S. Companies to Know About Maternity Leave

Emily Crocker Skyrm | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
Emily Crocker Skyrm

There are some high-level executives, business owners and heads of HR out there who just don't get it. They don't get the life cycle of a new mother and they don't get that the way things are going now in the world of maternity leave is costing businesses money and resources.

To Promote Women's Leadership, Don't Forget the Benefits Gap

Emily Baxter | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Emily Baxter

Changing work culture, especially for high-earning women, means recognizing the value of caregiving and work-life balance. For women in hourly, low-wage work, it means changing cultures that see them as replaceable and also irresponsible when caregiving clashes with unpredictable schedules.