National Partnership for Women & Families

More Than a Moment: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Movement to Win Paid Leave for All

Congressional Reception to be Held on Monday, February 5
WASHINGTON, D.C. — February 2, 2018 —

As the nation’s unpaid leave law – the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – turns 25, the country is in the midst of an extraordinary, long-overdue reckoning about gender equality. To secure a future in which all women and all people can live and work with dignity, the country needs policies that value women and care – including, at last, paid family and medical leave. That is why, on the anniversary of the signing of the FMLA on Monday, lawmakers, business leaders, advocates and the public are coming together for a special congressional event to mark 25 years of the FMLA and highlight the need for a national paid family and medical leave law. The event will feature legislative champions, advocacy organizations in the 350+-member coalition fighting for paid leave, and states and businesses that are leading the way.

WHO:

  • U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D – Calif.)
  • U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D – N.Y.), lead sponsor of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act in the Senate
  • U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D – Conn.), lead sponsor of the FAMILY Act in the House
  • Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, the organization that drafted and led the fight for the FMLA and is leading efforts to win paid leave today
  • Saru Jayaraman, president of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC United), author and TIME’S UP activist
  • Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Additional members of Congress

WHAT: Congressional reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act and call for a national paid family and medical leave law

WHEN: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET, Monday, February 5, 2018

WHERE: The Kennedy Caucus Room, 325 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

NOTE: Media must have a valid press credential and are encouraged to RSVP in advance to Sadie Kliner at skliner@nationalpartnership.org or 202-986-2600.

Contact

Sadie Kliner (202) 986-2600 skliner@nationalpartnership.org

The National Partnership for Women & Families drafted and led the fight for the Family and Medical Leave Act. The organization is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.

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