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.
- 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 email@example.com or 202-986-2600.
About the National Partnership
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. Based in Washington, D.C., the organization drafted and led the fight to pass the Family and Medical Leave Act. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.