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Why Don't We Ever Wonder If Men Can Have It All?

Sabrina Parsons | Posted 07.18.2014 | Parents
Sabrina Parsons

Before I had kids I assumed I would always "do it all." I always knew I would have kids, career and that I wouldn't skip a beat. I never even thought about whether it would be hard or doable. I just knew I would do it.

Laura Bassett

Women Senators Propose Bill To Help Working Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

Democratic women senators introduced a bill on Tuesday that aims to make child care less expensive for working parents by expanding the Child and Depe...

Elizabeth Warren Takes Her Fight to the People

MOMocrats | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
MOMocrats

Warren attributes her success to specific conditions available while she was growing up, but that are no longer available to working families in the U.S. -- for example, a minimum wage that was also a living wage.

Raising Wages: States and Cities Can Follow Obama's Lead on Tackling Inequality

Donald Cohen | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Donald Cohen

Recent research shows that private corporations have sought to cash in on the services and infrastructure that working Americans rely on every day, while slashing wages and benefits in the process.

For Economic Prosperity, Advance an Equity-Driven Working Families Agenda

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Supports at work and at home aren't just good for working parents. Helping them to succeed at work and at home is better for companies' bottom lines and for the nation's economic competitiveness. That's the theme of Monday's White House Summit for Working Families.

White House Summit on Working Families Must Address Needs of Low-Wage Care Providers

Jodi M. Sturgeon | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Jodi M. Sturgeon

These workers provide the paid services that enable other women to continue to work with the peace of mind of knowing their family member is well cared for day in and day out.

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills -- They're Basic Needs

Barack Obama | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Barack Obama

President Barack Obama blogs for HuffPost.

Driving Workplace Flexibility for All

Neera Tanden | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Neera Tanden

How can we build a 21st century workplace that supports thriving employees, growing businesses, and healthy economies all at once? At the heart of this conversation is workplace flexibility. In other words, how do we create a flexible and inclusive work environment that enables employees to meet their responsibilities both at work and at home?

Working for Our Working Families

Maria Shriver | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Maria Shriver

Today only 20 percent of U.S. families have a working father and a stay-at-home mother. Instead, two thirds of families depend either partly or wholly on the wages of working women, and many of those families are barely making it. Fully 42 million women in this country and the 28 million kids who depend on them are teetering on or over the brink of poverty.

Reforming the Federal Sweatshop

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The White House is holding a summit Monday, June 22 on working families. The summit is intended to call attention to the fact that President Obama wants to raise wages and job opportunities for working Americans, especially for working women.

America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

Debra L. Ness | Posted 06.20.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

A growing body of evidence shows that ensuring new parents and all workers have access to family friendly policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave has widespread benefits for the health and economic security of families and the strength of businesses and the economy.

Addressing the Needs of Working Families in Rural America

Krysta Harden | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Krysta Harden

I am proud to be from rural America, and I know that others feel the same sense of community that I do, but there are many challenges that rural residents face.

Beyond Summit, Sustained Focus Needed for Working Women and Families

Liz Shuler | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Liz Shuler

It's crucial that we help working families who are quickly falling further and further behind.

Working Families Summit Will Tackle Childcare, Paid Leave, Equal Pay

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Everything has changed in recent decades -- the economy, technology, cultural attitudes, the demographics of the workforce, the role of women in society and the structure of the American family. It's about time our laws caught up.

Making Full Use of America's Talent

Betsey Stevenson | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Betsey Stevenson

By limiting career options of some talented workers, we are failing to build an economy that can operate at its full potential and jeopardizing our ability to compete on the world stage.

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 21st Century Workplace for Today's Working Families

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

Our workplaces have yet to catch up by implementing policies which empower women, and provide flexibility for parents.

Preserving the 'Working Class' Identity

Joseph A. McCartin | Posted 06.29.2014 | DC
Joseph A. McCartin

Many Americans don't like to acknowledge the existence of a working class. In such an environment, the preservation of working class identity and labor culture requires conscious, intentional effort.

So-Called Right to Work Is Still Wrong for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Lawmakers must resist the cheap corporate rhetoric pushed by ALEC and others that makes right-to-work seem like a solution. It isn't.

A Living Wage is an Equal Voice

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

If you believe in the power of numbers to tell a true story, and that acting on these equations can help create a better future for all of us, then read on.

New Report: More Working Mothers Are Low-Income; State Actions Needed

Brandon Roberts | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

State governments have significant authority and opportunity to assist low-income working families with children... if they have the will.

Senate Women Say: Raise The Minimum Wage!

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

At a time when 400 American families have more wealth than 150 million, an American single mom earning minimum wage at a full-time job takes home just $15,000 a year to support her family -- below the poverty line.

Congress Must Heed the President's Historic Call for Paid Leave, Fair Pay and a Stronger Health Care System

Debra L. Ness | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

The State of the Union should be the start of a new era in which lawmakers from both sides of the aisle work together to make all our lives better.

NAFTA Shows the Damage Fast Track Could Bring

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Congress will kick off 2014 by likely considering legislation that would allow bum trade deals to speed through Capitol Hill with little debate and no amendments. The Teamsters and others have been vocal on what a bad idea that would be. And it isn't hard to prove why.