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FMLA Turns 21: Dare to Imagine the World We Deserve

Ellen Bravo | Posted 08.05.2014 | 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.

Here's Why Family Leave Is A Huge Deal For New Parents

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents

The average age at which working Americans now expect to retire is 66. Assuming many of them start working in their late teens or early 20s, that mean...

7 Things I Know After My Paternity Leave

Michael Kress | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Michael Kress

The experience was, not surprisingly, as much -- or more -- about my older kids as it was about the baby.

State of the US Workplace: Good and Bad News

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

The ongoing National Study of Employers -- a study of employers with 50 or more employees conducted by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) -- reveals five surprising trends between 2008 (and in some cases 2005) and 2014.

To The Commentators Who Slammed Paternity Leave

Josh Levs | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Josh Levs

It isn't too late for you to join the modern world. You can open your minds and learn. Reach out to me or to millions of other dads who can set you straight. In 2014, that would be the manly thing to do.

The Defeat of DOMA Can Help Us Rethink Other Family Policies Too

Kimberly Dark | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Kimberly Dark

If we broaden our discussions about how American family policies support children, we will find ourselves in dialogue about family leave, sick leave and vacation time. We'll examine the adequacy of minimum wage. We'll have realistic discussions about public welfare programs.

DOMA Ruling Expands FMLA Protections

Ellen Bravo | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Ellen Bravo

When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the justices opened a number of doors -- including extending the protection of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act to many same-sex married couples, so they are no longer forced to choose between caring for their spouse and keeping their job.

Ode to the Single Married Mom

Lori Sokol | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Lori Sokol

Essentially, just as the "afterbirth" (or placenta) is immediately discarded after childbirth so, too, is our country's support of an infant and mother immediately "after-birth."

"Comp-Time" in a Real-time World

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

Overtime pay is not just to be kind to workers. It also counteracts the absence of a federal statute that sets a ceiling on weekly work hours. What's to keep an employer from routinely asking for 70 hours and firing employees if they refuse?

Working Woman or Mom? It's Time for Change, Not Choice

Neale Godfrey | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Our heads may have hit or even broken through the "glass ceiling," but as working moms, our feet can still be stuck in quicksand.

Football and Family

Ellen Bravo | Posted 01.20.2013 | Sports
Ellen Bravo

I'm a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, but I have to hand it to Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, who was determined to be with his wife when she delivered their fourth child, even if it meant missing last Sunday's game against the Texans.

The Gifts Mothers Really Want

Ellen Bravo | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

More and more voters say they're more likely to support candidates who'll make sure family values don't end at the workplace door, and who understand that for the economy to recover, we need policies like these to help people stay employed and have money to spend at local businesses.

Moms Get Political: An Interview With Momsrising Co-founder Joan Blades

Martha Burk | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

Unlike their mothers and grandmothers who didn't see politics as the answer to these problems, the new generation of moms has political change in their sights. And they're making their voices heard.

Women are Wimps

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Morra Aarons-Mele

Is the GOP saying that women should expect to earn less because they default to parenting over work? Is this the party line? Because I know a lot of pretty ambitious Republican women who would disagree.

Stop the War on Mothers

Ellen Bravo | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

I love the image of conservatives hiding behind the flag of motherhood to protect themselves against charges of gender insensitivity. It's like kids who move the couch to cover up a stain and hope no one will notice.

Too-Short Maternity Leave -- Not Working Itself -- Increases Depression In Moms

Posted 09.20.2011 | Women

It's hardly news to working moms, but for all of those who think women should stay at home with the kids, a new study from the National Bureau of Econ...

Gay Workers To Get Family Leave From New Labor Department Regulations

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Labor Department intends to issue regulations this week ordering businesses to give gay employees equal treatment under a law p...

Politics Over Women's Rights: Kagan in the Clinton White House

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

It is both deeply troubling and simultaneously not surprising to realize that the only things we can know about Elena Kagan is that she was a "political pragmatist" in the Clinton White House when it came to women's rights.

From Media Blitz to Women's Conference: Has Maria Shriver Discerned a Watershed Moment?

Marianne Schnall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marianne Schnall

This week, California's First Lady will use the findings to engage participants in her annual conference on women.

California: An Example of State Action on Workplace Flexibility

David Gray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Gray

Work family conflicts are real and growing. There is a mismatch between the needs of families and the structure of work. Creative public policy is part of the solution.