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Can the US Afford Paid Leave? YES!

When the subject of paid leave comes up, someone will say: “Oh, no, we could never pay for that, it would be too expensive!!” It’s the Voice of Doom, and I hear it frequently. So often repeated, I know it by heart. It will destroy small businesses. It would push taxes over the cliff. The [...]

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Cleopatra Isn’t the Only Queen of Denial

While you’re lying there, semi-conscious, a human petri dish of contagion, consider this: There’s nothing like a pandemic to highlight the holes in a nation’s public health policy.I am committed to getting women, family careworkers, and paid careworkers the credit they deserve. It didn’t happen during the mythic time when women were idolized for their [...]

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The Senate, the Swine Flu, and Sick Days

The President, the Center for Disease Control, your doctor, and your child’s teacher are telling you to stay home, or keep your child home, when the body aches, the head pounds, and the fever rages. Fine. But how can you do that if you don’t have any paid sick days? This was the question at [...]

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It Only Looked Like Business As Usual

Another Hill hearing room, fresh-faced staffers buzzing in the background, Congressmen and women at their microphones, witnesses seated at the witness table. June 11 was just another day for the Nation’s Capital of the World’s Greatest Democracy. Except it wasn’t. The bills in question would make paid leave a reality for (at least some) American [...]

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