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Dispatch from Denver: A Letter from Patricia Schroeder

October 19, 2011 | Campaigns > Paid Sick Days

Hi, everyone! I want to share a great letter published in the Denver Post this week. It’s from former Colorado Congresswoman and women’s rights leader Patricia Schroeder. Check it out here.

Congresswoman Schroeder served Denver and the state of Colorado for nearly 25 years as the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado. Her letter sends a compelling message about the need for paid sick days to benefit women and all families in the city. I especially like the way she closes it out with a call to action:

“Denver voters have an opportunity to do better. By voting ‘yes’ for Initiative 300, the city’s paid sick days proposal, you can help give all workers the chance to earn paid sick time. Opponents are pouring money into blocking this badly needed, family friendly measure, but it’s the right thing to do for Denver women, families, businesses and for the public health.”

Having been on the ground in Denver, I know just how visible the opposition’s message is here. We need more leaders like Patricia Schroeder to speak out about what is at stake in this election, and the need for paid sick days. As she said, it’s the right thing to do.


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