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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 03.16.2015 | 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.

Strengthening Children's Rights Through Better Data

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Dr. Jody Heymann

Pop quiz: Will secondary school be free for your children? Do all girls and boys have access to health care? Are children and youth protected from hazardous labor? Are there any exceptions to these rules? Are you sure?

Five Ways Tech Companies Can Be More Family Friendly

Kelli Newman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business
Kelli Newman

In honor of National Work and Family Month, the following are five suggestions for how tech companies can be more inclusive of workers with family obligations and, in the process, do a better job recruiting and retaining talented women.

American Business Should Take the Lead on Paid Parental Leave

David Hanrahan | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
David Hanrahan

The state of parental leave in the U.S. sucks. As these charts show, the U.S. is one of only three countries (the other two are Oman and Papua New Guinea) to not mandate some level of paid parental leave at the federal level.

Pressing Pause: We Should Applaud Facebook and Apple For Paying Women To Freeze Their Eggs

Anushay Hossain | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Anushay Hossain

Facebook and Apple, for what it is worth, are trying to help their female employees by offering them a choice. It is not perfect, it will not help all women, but it is something huge that they are trying, and for that in itself both companies should be applauded.

Predictable Schedules Offer Stability and Regular Pay to Hourly Workers

Ann O'Leary | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Ann O'Leary

Across the country, 59 percent of all workers are paid hourly. Many of these workers get their schedules just a few days in advance, and sometimes that comes with a last-minute notice of reduced hours.

Single Parents Want to Be Good Parents

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Madeleine M. Kunin

let's stop decrying family structure and begin focusing on good parenting. The earlier we begin, even before pregnancy, the better for the child.

Guess Who's Leading on Paid Leave? (Hint: Not Us)

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

How can we say we're for family values when so many women in the United States have to jeopardize their livelihood to take a few weeks off from work after giving birth? Should a man have to sacrifice his economic security to take care of his sick mother or his wife returning wounded from active duty?

Women's Equality Matters

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.27.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

Women's equality matters because every American deserves quality, affordable, patient-centered health care and efforts to provide that remain under attack, as does the birth control coverage and access to reproductive health services that women need.

Women's Equality Day: Voices Unite to Say #WEMatter

Linda Meric | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Linda Meric

Women's Equality Day, August 26, celebrates the anniversary of the day Congress stopped denying women the right to vote: a key moment in our history brought about by women organizing to demand equal rights under the law.

FMLA Turns 21: Dare to Imagine the World We Deserve

Ellen Bravo | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Twenty-one. This number has come to symbolize adulthood. It means good luck in cards. But when it comes to the Family and Medical Leave Act, twenty-one stands for "too damn long" -- too little progress over too many years.

Corporate Fraud of a Different Stripe

Martha Burk | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Martha Burk

It's that time of year again. Corporate good-guy awards are handed out like candy by magazines with headlines screaming "Best Companies," for various groups -- usually minorities and women.