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Paid Family Leave

I almost died in childbirth. Then I was fired.

This is the story of Danelle, a MomsRising volunteer whose personal story clearly shows how much we need a national paid family leave program. Please read it and join us to make a difference for Danelle and all families! ~The editors

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My name is Danelle and I’m a MomsRising volunteer.

I am proof that America needs paid parental leave YESTERDAY.

A few years ago, I almost died during the birth of my second child. My daughter spent a month in the NICU and I had a long, painful recovery. The unexpected expense of early delivery and lengthy hospital stays put tremendous financial strain on our family.

Then, despite repeated promises from my employer that my position was safe, I lost my job.

Tell Congress: Paid Leave is a Real Life Saber!

Take Action You Must!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was the Force, which could do amazing things.

Right here, in this galaxy, on this planet, in the United States, another, very, very strong force is awakening. It is the force of moms and dads and working families calling on elected officials to get moving--at light speed!--and pass national paid family (maternity, paternity, medical) leave insurance because, paid leave? It’s a real lifesaber.

We don’t need to use Jedi mind tricks to sway Congress. Together we are a force to be reckoned with when we use our "outside" voices.

** Click here to tell Congress to support and co-sponsor the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act now, before Congress goes on recess (and home to watch Star Wars).

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

#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.

Support Moms on Small Business Saturday

Once the turkey has been carved and we are all recovering from pumpkin pie comas, hectic travel, and quality time with the family, the so-called season of giving begins. If you are anything like me though, you are trying to avoid the non-stop holiday shopping commercials on tv and instead are trying to get your gift buying done in a way that is both supportive of your local businesses and economy AND has a personal touch.

That’s why I love Small Business Saturday! Created as a response to the craziness that is Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to support local, small businesses and still get our holiday shopping done (or just grab a cupcake and new pair of shoes for yourself…you’ve worked hard all year! You deserve it!).

Conversation Cafe with Marco Rubio

Talking with Marco Rubio in New Hampshire’s “Conversation Café”  

Hello again! It feels like I’ve hit almost every corner of New Hampshire in the last few months in my work to give voice to the Granite State’s families in the Presidential campaign and beyond. 

Last week, this work gave me a great opportunity – talking directly to Senator Marco Rubio - as part of the candidate “Conversation Cafés” organized by WMUR (our local TV station). WMUR are hosting candidate cafés with each of the candidates and a few members of the public. This was an informal gathering to get to know the candidate on a more personal level.  Click here to see a clip of the show.

Victoria Chao: Valuing Voices and Catching Up

by Victoria Chao
 
We’re at a point in history where it’s actually pretty good to be a young woman in the professional world. 
 
It’s remarkable to think that we live in a world where:
 

This Professor’s Secret Could Save Your Life

Professors lead cushy lives. They get to stroll the grounds of stately, ivy-covered campuses, tailed by flocks of eager students who revere them as intellectual giants. Or so I’d always thought.

Then I met Susan. Susan is a smart, highly educated professor. She lives in the Tacoma area where she works hard preparing lessons, grading papers and quizzes, and faithfully responding to every student inquiry.  Students praise her teaching skills.

But none of these things matter to her employer.  Despite high performance reviews, Susan never knows if she will see another paycheck.  Unlike the tenured academics who enjoy secure jobs, steady pay, sick leave and good health benefits at many traditional universities, Susan is a so-called “adjunct professor” with a for profit corporation that runs an online university. She is paid a low hourly wage and her income fluctuates quite a bit from month to month.  She receives no benefits, or sick days. Her name has been changed to protect her innocence.

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:

Family First -- 3 Moms Document the Paid Family Leave Movement

Thank you to Mom-Mentum for graciously allowing this updated crosspost for National Work and Family Month:

In March of this year, Honolulu filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford and I had our first discussion about the project that would become FAMILY FIRST, a film that will interweave the movement to pass paid family leave with history, pop culture and contemporary portraits of working mothers and fathers in America. Though the issue of national paid family leave is finally gaining traction -- as evidenced by the recent Democratic Presidential debate -- when I first reached out to Kimberlee in May of 2014, this was definitely not the case.

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