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Pregnant Workers

When Pregnancy And Working Puts You At Risk

MotherWoman | Posted 07.21.2016 | Impact

Eighteen years ago, I was pregnant and working at a high heat tape factory in Holyoke, MA. I was a hard worker, well respected by my co-workers and eager to stay employed for my full pregnancy.

Support Is Growing for Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

MotherWoman | Posted 05.07.2016 | Impact

A growing group of organizations is joining Hadley-based MotherWoman in the push to protect pregnant women from workplace discrimination by passing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

Supreme Court Decision Underscores Need for Mass. Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

MotherWoman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents

The United States Supreme Court today issued a decision that bolsters the case for the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in Massachusetts. The legislation is sponsored by Hadley-based MotherWoman and supported by a coalition of advocacy organizations across the state.

America's Largest Employer Needs to Step It Up for Pregnant Workers

Dina Bakst | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Dina Bakst

No pregnant woman should be forced to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy. Yet at Walmart, the largest employer in America, and many other companies across the country, that is exactly what's happening.

The Supreme Court Should Say 'No' to Pregnancy Discrimination

Debra L. Ness | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Debra L. Ness

There is no question that the authors of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act intended to prohibit unequal treatment for pregnant workers. No employer should be allowed to act as if it is exempt from the law.

Reasons to Celebrate -- and to be Vigilant -- this National Work and Family Month

Debra L. Ness | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

All of this recent activity is worthy of celebration. At the same time, it is deeply frustrating to be reminded that women and their families are still fighting unfair workplace practices that were outlawed decades ago.

Respect the Bump Gets Results as Well as Respect

Ellen Bravo | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

While working at Walmart, a pregnant Thelma was shopping and had two TVs fall on her. She needed time to recuperate to prevent a miscarriage and heal from her injuries, but her manager said she had to come back to work.

More Parents Want To Work Outside The Home... But The U.S. Isn't Making It Easy

The Huffington Post | Renee Jacques | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents

Politicians, take note: American parents want to work outside the home. A recent Pew report revealed that the portion of mothers in the U.S who are st...

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Debra L. Ness

These messages -- and they really only scratch the surface of the challenges America's working mothers face -- illustrate the incredible strength and resilience of mothers who hold jobs in this country. But they also reveal a stark and unacceptable reality