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America can be a difficult place to be a mother

We are one of the few countries in the world where maternal mortality rates are rising, rather than falling, and black mothers die at three times the rate of white mothers. We are the only high-income country without any provision for paid family and medical leave.

Babies took over Capitol Hill to rally for paid family leave and affordable childcare

"We want to be the voice for babies that aren't able to speak for themselves," [Jessica] Tolbert said. Like many of the parents at the rally, Tolbert mentioned paid family leave, health care, and affordable childcare as some of the major reasons they had come to lobby members of Congress.

Sen. Duckworth's victory can mean big things for families, if Congress acts

As Americans, we like to think every opportunity should be available to everyone, no matter where you live or who you are. Unfortunately, that's not true when it comes to the supports our country provides for babies.

Lowell forum held on challenges for family caregivers

[National Alliance for Caregiving CEO Grace] Whiting outlined some public sector solutions, which include providing benefits to caregivers, expanding services to caregivers and allowing for paid family leave. Not only can the process of caregiving be an emotional burden, it also places a great financial strain on many.

Our Lack of Paid Leave Is a Public Health Crisis

After delivery, parents are torn between providing the best care for their child versus earning money to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. Mothers push through postpartum pain and ignore doctors' recommendations by returning to work too early.

Sheryl Sandberg Talks Paid Family Leave, Community Organizing, and Cambridge Analytica

The numbers are astounding: 37 million people get no sick days. And that applies to 6 in 10 lower-income workers. Only 14% of people have access to paid family leave at work. A third of working mothers don’t have access to any paid leave.

The Republican plan for family leave would destroy your Social Security benefits

[D]elaying Social Security translates into a real financial loss; the authors [of the Urban Institute analysis] reckon that parents who took a single 12-week leave would lose about 3% of their future retirement benefits, and those who took four leaves would lose 10%.

Meet the Activists Leading the Fight for Paid Family Leave

Few in the audience had blue-collar jobs like [Carolyn] Davis’s; she spends her workdays tracking inventory and stocking shelves. Still, as a shareholder, Davis, who goes by Cat, had a right to speak. She’s also a mother of two, and she had come to deliver a petition—signed by more than 100,000 associates—to urge Walmart to give workers like her the same family-leave benefits that executives get.

Child care doesn’t need to break the bank

[W]e need to support parents. Parents need paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act so that they can care for their children; currently the law provides unpaid leave only for employees of companies with 50 or more employees. Additionally, some families need subsidies for child care so that they can thrive in those first years that are often the hardest and most expensive.

The U.S. used to be a world leader in women working. Not anymore.

The U.S. used to be a world leader in women working. Not anymore.

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