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

Emily Baxter | Posted 12.16.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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.

Maria Shriver's -- and Bobby Shriver's -- Inconvenient Truth?

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Shriver's tribute to California's Paid Family Leave law stands on its own. Signed into law in 2002 and implemented in 2004, it allows most employed Californians to take up to six weeks per year of leave from their job and receive up to 55 percent of their wages, up to a maximum.

Celebrating 10 Years of Paid Family Leave in California -- Now Let's Get the Word Out!

Maria Shriver | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Maria Shriver

This month California is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its first-in-the-nation Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, which has helped more than 1.5 million parents. But despite the track record, too few parents are taking advantage of the program, and those parents who may need it most are least likely to sign up.

Laura Bassett

How The U.S. Is Failing Its Working Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

Being a working parent is relatively tough in the United States, thanks to a lack of policies guaranteeing flexibility, paid leave and affordable chil...

On Father's Day, Remember the Power of Our Daughters

Greg Speed | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Greg Speed

Frankly, like many parents who frequently travel for work, I can't help turning my focus to my kids this time of year and the occasional guilt that comes from many nights away from home.

Mom's Equal Pay Day Highlights How Far We Still Have to Go

Linda Meric | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

Sunday may be Father's Day but June 12 is Mothers' Equal Pay Day, recognizing how far into 2014 moms must work to earn the same wages that fathers made in 2013 alone.

Laura Bassett

Fired Single Mom Asks Senate Why Women Don't Have Workplace Protections

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Armanda Legros, a single mother in Queens, New York, was six and a half months pregnant with her second son in 2012 when she lost her jo...

Making the Road in New York: A Model for Work-Family Policy Change

Carol Joyner | Posted 07.14.2014 | New York
Carol Joyner

We need a living wage so workers can be effective on the job and at home. We need to close the wage gap so working women and minorities aren't discriminated against and have more money to spend as consumers. And we need paid sick days, which are not only morally right, but are sound fiscal and business policy.

#WhatMothersNeed This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

So, although flowers, brunch and other gifts are a fine way to show the mothers in your life that you care, take some time this Mother's Day to think about the challenges facing America's mothers and families.

A Mother's Place Is in the House (and Senate)

Barbara Lee | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Barbara Lee

Let's celebrate with the same spirit as the women whose activism sparked the holiday in the first place. Let's celebrate by taking action. Support the women around us. Fight for family-focused public policy. Lift up women in office who are writing these policies, and elect more women like them. A card is nice. Change is better.

WANTED: Work-Life Professionals -- Study Reveals Employers Missing the Mark When Relying on Work-life Amateurs

Kathie Lingle | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Kathie Lingle

The predominant take-away is that employers have taken to practice what can only be described as work-life on the cheap. The overarching message is that any program that costs money has been trimmed.

Happy 6th Birthday to New Jersey's Paid Family Leave Program

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Stephen M. Sweeney

For many families, caring for a loved one, whether it's a child or a parent, can be a difficult choice when measured against having to keep your job.

Is Anatomy Destiny at Work?

Kristina DiPalo | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Kristina DiPalo

Everyday that a working woman leaves a little bit of herself at the door is a day in which her employer misses out on the fullness of her intelligence, creativity, contribution and collaboration. And when her employer misses out, we all lose something in the end.

Women Who Demand Equality Are Not Whiners

Rep. Jackie Speier | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jackie Speier

Out of touch comments from GOP lawmakers are a common occurrence, but having a woman call women who demand equal pay whiners is utterly sad and a new low. Minnesota State Rep. Andrea Kieffer made this absurd comment when she argued that the Women's Economic Agenda is "putting us backward in time."