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Are You the One We're Waiting For?!

Did you know that even though there are 25 million Latinas living in the United States and 8,236 open seats in state and national political office, only 109 are held by Latinas?

Are YOU the one that we’re waiting for? 

Join us this Thursday for our newest webinar “I was the one we were waiting for” to hear the story of two women’s journeys from community members to politicians. Then, learn about resources and trainings so you could start down the same path.  

In the webinar, we will be speaking with State Senator Anitere Flores and State Representative Jocasta Zamarippa about being asked to run for office and how they went from being community advocates to political representatives.

Let's talk about Paid Family & Medical Leave!

JOIN US: Facebook Chat on #PaidLeave

October is National Work & Family Month, making it the perfect time to talk about the importance of paid family and medical leave. At some point, nearly everyone will need to take time away from work to deal with a serious personal or family illness or to care for a new child.

So let's talk about it! 

Join us on Facebook at the Working Mother magazine Facebook page this Thursday, October 23rd, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a conversation and Q&A featuring:

Child Care Centers and the Quality Improvement Catch-22

This post, authored by Carol Burnett, originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org. Quality, affordable childcare is essential to helping low-income working families gain economic security. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Quality, affordable child care is not only right and necessary to prepare children to learn; it’s also needed if low-income working parents are to have a shot at working their way out of poverty.  Our nation’s funding source that is supposed to help low-income families in this regard is the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Unfortunately, due to inadequate funding, only 1 out of every 6 eligible children nationwide is actually served by CCDF.

Why Flex Time Is the #2 Most Important Employee Benefit

A big barrier to women’s leadership parity was overlooked in the recent brouhaha about Facebook and Apple covering employees’ insurance for egg freezing.

These companies are not, as headlines screamed “paying women to freeze eggs.” And I see nothing wrong with covering fertility treatments that though still far from fully effective, can give women childbearing options men naturally have, and often exercise with trophy wives.

But next to quality child care, flex time–much more than high tech fertility–is the most effective benefit companies could give women, and increasingly, men as well, to enhance opportunities to advance their careers while garnering better retention rates and job satisfaction without compromising productivity.

Old Fight, New Approach: Companies Profit from Parity

 

 

So you have an important job interview. Your sitter cancels. What do you do? When it happened to First Lady Michelle Obama, she packed up baby Malia, carted her into that job interview, and was completely surprised when she still landed the job.



The First Family's efforts to make sure our workplaces are not something out of a "Mad Men episode" comes from a very personal place.



This month is National Work and Family Month. It is a public awareness campaign to encourage companies to respond to America's modern dual income family paradigm. 

Why they would have to be encouraged at all defies economic sense.

A study of 2400 companies by Credit Suisse -- shows the more women in leadership the more successful companies are. Consumers, workers, and even investors demand a more modern approach. Yet antiquated workplace policies are blamed for the hemorrhage of female talent.


Pipeline Problems



11 Tips to Help You Save on Groceries

I wasn’t much of a cook when I was younger. I admit it, I loved eating out.  It was my biggest expense. Now, that I am older, with two sons who would eat me out of house and home if I let them, I realize that I can’t eat out as often as I once did. And, I don’t want to. Our bonding as a family has happened in the kitchen and at the dining table. The kitchen is where they run when they arrive from school, while the dining room has heard more gossip and school dramas than Gossip Girl ever featured.  This bonding happened while they grabbed finger foods from the fridge, snacked on baked plantains while doing homework and ate a dinner that surpassed any they could eat at a restaurant – not because of the price but because of the love that came with it.

I treasure each and every one of those moments. Not only do I get to share a piece of their day, but I know they are eating healthy foods that I was able to buy at a fraction of the cost.

Woman's voice silenced by gun laws!

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Horrifying. An anonymous emailer wrote that if Utah State University didn’t cancel Anita Sarkeesian’s speech about women's rights within 24 hours, then he would commit the “deadliest school shooting in American history.”

The warning letter, purportedly from a USU student, was sent to dozens of Utah State University school administrators several days before Anita Sarkeesian was scheduled to speak at the public university in Logan, Utah. 

Sarkeesian, the feminist cultural critic who has become a lightening rod for challenging how women are portrayed and treated in videogames, has been dealing with such violent harassment and threats for years. She was planning to speak anyway… until she learned that audience members would be permitted to carry concealed weapons into the event space, and there was nothing the school could do about it.

This is NOT okay on so many levels. 

Good News for Children When Congress Works Together

While we rarely hear good news these days about Congress, I have some to share.  Continuing a long tradition of bipartisan leadership on behalf of abused and neglected children, last month both the House and the Senate passed and the President signed into law the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980/P.L. 113-183). This new legislation improves the child welfare system to prevent children and youths in foster care from becoming victims of sex trafficking and protects foster care youths who are already victims. It offers new hope of permanent families for children and extra support for those youths who end up aging out of foster care.

What School Lunch Can Teach Us

The statistics are alarming: One out of two public school students lives in poverty. Two out of three public school students qualify for free or subsidized lunch. Three out of five teachers in America report they have children who regularly come to school hungry.

If teachers and school support staff are on the frontlines fighting the war on poverty, we know that students are often the forgotten casualties. Fellow students sometimes do notice though—despite the utmost discretion by teachers and support staff—who gets a snack from their teacher during a test, or who gets a borrowed backpack filled with food on Fridays so they can eat over the weekend. So, as we celebrate National School Lunch Week, it's worth discussing how, as parents, we talk to our kids about the economic inequities, in addition to the racial inequities, that are deeply rooted in our neighborhoods and our schools. 

#FoodFri Tweetchat: Food Justice & Equality Affects Foods Sold & Served in YOUR Community

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We envision a world in which all people have access to healthy, affordable food that nourishes our bodies and environments. Yet right now, that vision is plagued by severe inequality. Due to a food system skewed by the financial interests of transnational corporations, we live in a society in which unhealthy food is cheap, heavily marketed, and abundant, but healthy food is more expensive and can be difficult to come by. In this chat, we'll discuss this issue of food justice and how it reflects the corporate abuse of our food system.

Join #FoodFri with @MomsRising and @StopCorpAbuse on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 1pm, EST to chat about food justice and equality.

Together, we can raise our voices and spread the word because every child deserves the right to healthy, affordable food.

 

 

To join and follow the conversation on Twitter use the #FoodFri Hashtag in each tweet.

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