We often talk about the importance of a paid sick days standard for families' economic security and our public health—but paid sick days are also an issue of basic fairness. That was a key topic at Monday night's panel discussion on the disproportionate impact the lack of paid sick days has on low-income communities and women of color. The event was hosted by the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University.
Imagine living with someone you are crazy about who gradually turns into a stranger. Alzheimer's disease is a heartbreaking disease, not just because it takes a loved one in death, but because first, it takes that person's mind, personality, memory and character - the things that made us love them in the first place.
A few weeks ago, voters sent a clear message: They want Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to address the issues facing working families. But when Senators took their first vote after returning to Washington, they missed the chance to do just that. Yesterday's vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act was a failed opportunity and a real disappointment for all of us who care about fairness, women's progress, and economic security for working families.
Today's working families are juggling 'Ozzie and Harriet' policies in a web 2.0 world, and it's simply not sustainable. Workers are struggling to care for their families while both parents hold jobs. Families are straining to meet increasing child- and eldercare responsibilities. Parents have little savings to fall back on, and few jobs - and even fewer good jobs - to apply for, should they lose the jobs they have.
It is well-documented that the wage gap hurts women and their families by denying them the fair wages that would help them pay for essential items like groceries, gasoline, and rent or mortgage payments. But the pay gap hurts women long after they have left the workforce, too.
It's the first Monday in October, and the Supreme Court convenes today for a new term. But this term is different from all others because, today for the first time ever, three women are serving together on our highest court. It is significant -- momentous -- that one-third of the Court is female, even though that fraction does not yet represent our proportion of the population. But it is a sign of progress that was once almost unimaginable for me and most of my peers.
Congress has only a few weeks left before it adjourns for the election - and the Senate still hasn't taken up the Paycheck Fairness Act. Time is running out, and women deserve - and need - fair pay.
Sunday was National Grandparents Day - and this year, we can do more for our grandparents than send candy or flowers. Let's take action to improve the health and economic security of our grandparents — and all of America's grandparents.
On average, women spend at least 30 years being sexually active but trying to avoid pregnancy. That's an awfully long time considering no contraceptive is 100% effective and things don't always work out as planned.
In my job, I get to explain the entire narrative of paid sick days to our nation's lawmakers and their staff. It's a rather simple task because most people intuitively get it—and often they have an experience to share.
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