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Moms Say Thanks to Mayors for Leadership on Connecting Children and Families to Health Insurance

** This post was written by Chuan Teng at the National League of Cities (NLC). It originally appeared on NLC’s blog CitiesSpeak. **

Moms have gotten wind of NLC’s Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative (CEHACF) and are telling mayors “thank you” for taking the lead on enrolling kids and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Our friends at MomsRising, a grass-roots network of moms and individuals united by the goal of developing a more family-friendly America, have called upon their membership in Dallas and Pittsburgh to sign thank you letters to show Mayor Mike Rawlings (Dallas) and Mayor Bill Peduto (Pittsburgh) support for making children’s health a local priority.

Pledge to vote!

We know. It’s easy to feel frustrated by some politicians who don’t seem to understand what’s going on in the lives of their constituents.

We also know that we have the power to change this. There are some amazing and inspirational candidates running for office and many very close races across the country. November 4th—Election Day—is quickly approaching and it is time to vote in candidates who will work for families!

We have the power! Not only do women vote in larger numbers than men, we also are highly networked and recent studies show that voting behavior is heavily influenced by friends and family. Let’s own our power and get out the vote!

The time is now! Join moms, dads, and people from across the country and pledge to vote on November 4th. http://action.momsrising.org/signup/vote-pledge-2014/

Nov. 4: It's All About Women

The other day I read a statistic that made me laugh a little. It said women’s issues are shaping up as the second-biggest issue among voters this year, behind only the economy.

Really? I don’t think so.

We are the economy.

Women’s issues, family issues, are economic issues. And, as we know every single day, economic issues are women’s issues.

That’s why this election is so important to us. And why we’re so important in this election.

In a few days, we’ll have the opportunity to determine what kind of economy we will have—what kind of future—by electing leaders who will work for all of us.

In many cases, it’s women (especially unmarried women) who are putting these candidates on top in the polls.

But polls aren’t what shape our future. Elections are. And a big question today is: Will women turn out to vote?

The track record in mid-term elections isn’t great. Let’s change that. There is a lot at stake:

The Rise of the (Fictional) Female Politician: It’s Time for Reality to Match Our Hollywood Stars

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a rise in strong female political leaders on television. President Laura Roslin in the 2004 remake of Battlestar Galactica comes to mind. Not to mention Leslie Knope of Parks and Rec, as well as a slew of others who are bringing the political savvy and talent of women politicians into the public eye.

With every renewed season, we debunk the myth that women will watch men lead, but men won’t watch women in the leading role. Thanks to writers like Shonda Rhimes making waves, institutions like the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, and watchdogs like Melissa Silverstein of Women & Hollywood, every network now has its own leading lady.

But if art and reality often mirror one another, our reality isn’t keeping up. Women’s political representation has stagnated around 20% for the last 20 years. Our presidential cabinets became less diverse from Bush Administration to Obama Administration. Lobbyists have just a few women leading the way (Think Susan Molinari of Google). And campaign staff is overwhelming male, even for female candidates. 

Interview with Tacoma City Councilperson Ryan Mello on paid sick days

MomsRising: Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has said she supports passing a paid sick leave bill this year. You’ve been leading on this issue for some time. What do you think about the details the Mayor has shared?

Ryan Mello: I’m glad Mayor Strickland understands that cities need to take the lead on issues like paid sick leave, but the policy details she is rumored to have shared with the Washington Retail Association won’t actually protect workers, families, or public health. The Tacoma City Council can’t just pass a showpiece to get this issue off our desks. We need a policy that helps all the people of Tacoma in a meaningful way.

MomsRising: Why have you made passing paid sick days a priority?

5 Ways to Get Kids Involved in the Kitchen

Food Tips

More than 12.5 million children in the US are overweight. This number is not decreasing but increasing which puts children at risk for serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. Teaching your child healthy nutrition habits will increase their awareness and they will form better eating habits that will go with them throughout their lives.

Cooking with children encourages creativity, an understanding of bad eating habits, responsibility and involvement. It’s never too early to start teaching your children the differences between healthy and non healthy foods. By cooking with your kids you are reminding yourself and reinforcing the fact to your children that cooking and eating healthy food together is a lot of fun.  Kids love to eat together as a family and help make the foods being served. Food not only nourishes our bodies but our souls.

Beyond “The Talk”: New Research on Talking to Your Kids About Sex and Relationships

By Leslie Kantor, Vice President of Education, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

 

October marks Let’s Talk Month, aimed at getting families talking about sexuality and relationships.  For those of you who think you’ve got this covered, think again. New research shows that while most parents are talking with their children, most of us aren’t talking often enough or in enough detail about critical topics that will help ensure that our children make healthy decisions.

Why Work Flexibility Works for Our Family: And Why We Want to Give Others the Opportunity

In honor of National Work & Family Month, two NC employers shared why they value family-friendly work place policies and why they want to give others that same opportunity.

 

Craig:  Ah, 2007.  I was 34 and pretty happy with my little world.  I was 10 years into my career, had married the love of my life, and shared incredible adventures with her, from biking famous Tour de France routes to getting married in Alaska.  What more could a guy ask for, right?  But, I still felt like we were missing something.  I lost my father to cancer when I was 17 years old.  He was 43.  Ever since, I’ve always thought that the best way to honor him, and to carry on his memory, would be to raise a family of my own and teach my kids everything he taught me.

 

Closer to the Finish Line

With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education offers new hope and protection from discrimination. For the first time in 13 years, the Department now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. It prohibits schools and school districts from discriminating in their allocation of courses, academic programs and extracurricular activities, teachers and leaders, other school personnel, school facilities, and technology and instructional materials, and offers steps to level the playing field. This is some of the unfinished business of the Civil Rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color, currently taught at higher rates by inexperienced, unqualified, or out of field teachers and provided far fewer resources than their wealthier peers.

Back on the Job: Employee Protections Following a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

The story is all too common.  After months of fighting, it looks like you have finally overcome your breast cancer diagnosis.  All that is left is for some follow-up treatments and to return to work.  To your surprise, after having fought off breast cancer, you now find yourself in a fight with your employer over the nature of your return.

 

We like to think that most employers will warmly embrace the return of an employee who has survived a breast cancer diagnosis.  But that is not always the case.  Below, we outline the Top Five steps that an employee must take when returning to work following a breast cancer diagnosis.

 

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