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Wow, You Did All THAT in 2015? MomsRising WINS!

Celebrate Wins!

Sometimes it’s hard to see the many ways that small actions like signing a petition, sharing your personal experience, making a call, attending a local meeting, or playing a MomsVote debate game on social media add up over time and make a big difference.

They do. Because we are MomsRising together.

Your everyday actions (over a million in 2015!) added up to inspiring victories for moms and families this year:

A Special Match for #GivingTuesday


You gave thanks. You ate delicious food. You got deals. Now, it’s time to give back!

Today is Giving Tuesday, a national day of celebrating and supporting the causes that matter most to us – like making the world a better, safer, more just place for women, moms and families.

To mark this day, another generous donor has offered to give $25 for every contribution today – in any amount! Make a gift, unlock this special match for Giving Tuesday!

Our goal today is to recruit 100 new and returning MomsRising donors today for Giving Tuesday. I hope you will become one of them!

Your support today will help MomsRising dial up the fight for pay equity, push harder for gun safety, and turn up the pressure for paid family / maternity / paternity medical leave.

We Say We Care About Kids. Do We Really Mean It?

This commentary was originally published on the TalkPoverty blog (, a project of the Center for American Progress.

Americans are fond of saying our children are our nation’s most valuable resource. But if our actions are the measure, do we really mean it?

Mounting research evidence from neuroscience, public health, economics and social science supports a simple conclusion: Investing in early childhood, through affordable early childcare and enrichment opportunities, pays dividends for the individual and for society. Yet we know not all children have an opportunity to experience high-quality early childcare—and it’s because we have chosen not to support universal access. Scientific research supports the long-term value of creating the conditions children need for a strong start. We also know how to scale and support effective social and educational programs and make them accessible.

Why, then, aren’t we committed to ensuring these opportunities?

When childcare providers can’t afford childcare

Thanksgiving is around the corner. Today my two-and-half-year-old came home from his day care with a thankful turkey. Thankful turkey, you know, the classic construction paper turkey lists what children are thankful for. We had this conversation. 

“Mama, look at my turkey!”

“Wow! And what’s this?”

“Things I xiexie for.”

“And what do you xiexie for?”

“Udon noodle soup.”

“…Anything else?”

“Mommy and Daddy.”

​So my little one is especially thankful for udon noodle soup. As for myself, I am especially thankful for my child’s day care teachers. (I’m thankful for udon noodle soup, too! It’s what served on our dinner table on those days I run late at work and don’t have time to cook.)  Last year around this time, our previous day care center went bankruptcy. I received the notice while on business trip. It was really a disaster. I rushed back home, and we experienced a chaos before finding this new center and my child actually falls in love with it.   

Tell Presidential Candidates: Step Up on #ChildCareNow!

The next round of presidential debates are just around the corner, and it’s critical that the candidates hear from all of us about the importance of high quality, affordable child care. On Thursday, November 5, NWLC and MomsRising are teaming up for a Twitter storm to let the candidates know: working families need #ChildCareNow!

WHAT: #ChildCareNow Twitter Storm

WHEN: Thursday, November 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST

** Here’s how you can get involved:

1.       Print out the attached sign and complete this sentence: “We need #ChildCareNow because________” .  You can fill in your own stories of how child care is important to your family, or fill in your thoughts about why childcare is important from a policy angle.

2.       Take your picture with your sign. If you have children, you could also have them fill out the sign and take their pictures with it.  

3.       Tweet your picture during the twitter storm on November 5 with the hashtag #ChildCareNow.

My Speech on Women and Work

Tomorrow I will be giving a speech about the state of working women. The event, which is sponsored by the National Women's Law Center, takes a look at both the progress we have made and what is left to be done to ensure women have equality in the workplace and our daily lives. Here are some excerpts in advance:

A Federal Program that Can Provide Support During the Critical Early Years

My youngest child just turned 12, but I can still remember how hard it was when my children were babies: the lack of sleep, the colicky evenings, the diaper blow-outs, the meals eaten with one hand, the worry when they ran a fever.

But I never had to worry about whether we’d have a place to sleep at night, or enough to eat, and I never tried to wash and reuse a disposable diaper because I couldn’t afford to buy more. For too many parents of infants, that’s not the case. In 2014, nearly one-quarter of all babies under the age of 1 were in poor families, as were more than one-third of Black and Hispanic babies.

Stop asking me when I’m going to have a baby, because I just can’t afford it.

I’m tired of hearing the questions. 

“What are you all waiting for? If you want two kids, you should probably get started soon…” or “Why are you even thinking about it?! You’re so young - enjoy the time you have together now,” and my personal favorite “Don’t be worried, you two will make great parents.”

As a woman who has been with her partner since the age of 17 and who is soon approaching 30, this topic comes up often. Why, when, and how I intend to have babies. I love that women feel an openness to have these conversations (and these conversations ARE important), but the questions often leave me dejected, resentful, hurt, and pressured. Not only because these questions support a social norm that assumes that what I do reproductively as a woman is open for debate or suggestion, but because these questions also imply that my choices are entirely emotional—and not financial.

Fill in the Blank: My Child Care Waitlist is Longer Than...

In the midst of mothering a toddler, I see my life in pre-baby and post-baby. Pre-baby me had a lot of ideas about early learning. And given that I worked in the field, I had a lot of ideas about what my childcare situation would look like. 

Women Workers and Unpredictable Scheduling

Unpredictable work schedules for hourly, low wage workers are on the rise in the US.  These last minute, just-in-time schedules have a disproportionatel impact women workers and their families. On Wednesday, October 21 California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, Charing an Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, is holding an Informational Hearing on the need for predictave scheduling in our state. Join the California Work & Family Coalition, CLASP, UFCW, Center for Popular Democracy and Jobs with Justice to hear about the most up-to-date research, state and local policy and how we can work together for schedule fairness in California. Public comment welcome! 

Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace

Informational Hearing: Predictive Scheduling

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


California State Building |San Diego Room

455 Golden Gate Avenue |San Francisco, CA 94102


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