Pregnant women in our country deserve better; their work has value and their children make up our future society. Think about your mom, your sister or daughter. It's beyond time that pregnant women get a break.
Today women with paying jobs outside of the home make up half the work force. Many companies and organizations have happily welcomed women. However, our society as a whole has failed to adapt the workplace so that women's needs and those of the changing family structure can be met.
This week we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the inclusion of our families in this important law. We've worked hard as a community to make sure this protection extends to our lives and our families.
It turns out that if our infants do well, our nation does well too. By packaging paid family leave and quality affordable infant care, we can give babies a strong start in their first year of life. That's a package of policies ready for wrapping.
If you've heard Chris Dodd speak, you understood what drove him -- helping Americans reach their dreams. His favorite line was, "The best social program is a job" -- and he abided by that philosophy in all his work.