FMLA Anniversary: Dare to Imagine the World We Deserve

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:00 pm

Twenty-one. This number has come to symbolize adulthood. It means good luck in cards. But when it comes to the Family and Medical Leave Act, twenty-one stands for “too damn long” – too little progress over too many years.

On August 5, 1993, Congress implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), six months after President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law. For the first time, the United States established the principle that having a baby shouldn’t cost you your job or your health insurance. The law recognized that fathers as well as mothers need time to bond with newborns and that new babies aren’t the only ones who need care. Children, spouses and parents also experience occasional injuries or serious illness and need a hand.

 

Late Night: If We Were a Pro-Life Society

By: Monday July 1, 2013 8:00 pm

We’d fix this.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Madeleine Kunin, The New Feminist Agenda: Defining The Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family

By: Sunday May 13, 2012 1:59 pm

Madeleine Kunin certainly knows from women and work. She’s been the governor of Vermont and the Ambassador to Switzerland. Before all that, she did her time as a journalist, a college professor, and an activist. She’s seen the feminist movement go through many permutations, and in her new book The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family, she details out her vision for where feminism should go next. Kunin argues that the movement hasn’t paid quite enough attention to the family, and specifically advocating for policies that allow women (and men) the ability to balance their work lives and their family lives in our hectic, work-focused world.

U.S.: Bottom of the Pack for Bread-and-Butter Basics

By: Thursday January 28, 2010 1:30 pm

When it comes to ensuring working families have the bread-and-butter basics, the United States is an outlier, there’s no doubt.

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