Data show that state paid leave programs help to increase labor force participation among women, improve economic stability for families, strengthen businesses and grow state economies WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 5, 2024 – New analysis from the National...
Expanding Care Investments Is Not A Secondary Luxury; It Is An Urgent Issue: My Testimony Before the Senate Finance Committee.
On October 25, 2023, NPWF President Jocelyn Frye delivered the following opening statement before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee at a hearing entitled: “Exploring Paid Leave: Policy, Practice, and Impact on the Workforce." Watch my opening remarks before the Senate...
At the March on Washington, Black women were sidelined. 60 years later, the need to center Black women is as urgent as ever
As America marks the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one controversy we should not overlook is how Black women leaders — who made vital contributions to the movement as organizers, strategists, and frontline foot soldiers — were relegated to a limited, single speaking segment at the March.
How to know whether a paid leave proposal will meaningfully increase access for the people who need it most, or whether it is just a false promise.
This time of year, there’s a lot of talk about what moms need – and unfortunately, not enough action – so we figured we’d offer a little bit of help.
Enacting a paid family and medical leave policy as part of the Build Back Better package is critical to closing the longstanding systemic inequities that impact women and people of color.
Paid family and medical leave is an indispensable benefit that all working people need and deserve.
Black and brown people in D.C. have seen some of the worst racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths and vaccinations in the country. At the same time, the national economic fallout of the pandemic hit communities of color the hardest: people of color, particularly women, disproportionately worked in industries hit by pandemic-related closures, layoffs and reduced hours. And that is on top of the longstanding health and economic racial disparities that already existed before the pandemic.
Sunday marks our second pandemic Mother’s Day, and more than a year of financial, health, and familial chaos for mothers across the country.
As the United States sees an increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, millions of people are set to lose the critical benefits that Congress enacted — including emergency paid sick days and paid family leave. Three out of four rural voters support permanent legislation mandating paid sick and paid family leave programs.
Thanksgiving reminds us that, in the fight for paid family and medical leave, we must never lose sight of the diverse family relationships that are at the heart of our work.
New moms have all heard the advice: “breast is best.” While it’s true that breastfeeding facilitates bonding between mother and child, many new moms know that choosing to breastfeed can come with a host of challenges.
Sunday is Father’s Day. A day when dads everywhere will feel a sense of pride, get their 453rd pair of socks, and if they’re like me, proudly tape an illegible Father’s Day card their daughter scribbled at preschool to their refrigerator.
This Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Let’s Fight for Inclusive Workplace Laws
As we fight for paid sick days and paid family and medical leave laws that allow people to maintain economic security while caring for their loved ones, it is critical that these laws allow time to care for a range of family members.
As we begin 2019 Black History Month, we must renew our commitment to fighting for Black women and families and remember the reality that people of color are uniquely harmed by race discrimination and this harm is exacerbated for women of color by gender discrimination. We must commit to centering our work on people and families of color in order to address all aspects of the racism that permeate our society.
As we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and honor family caregivers with the theme “Supercharge Your Caregiving.” It’s a time to consider how we may better support the 43.5 million people — the superheroes — who take on family caregiving responsibilities each year.
Today’s dads aren’t the same as their own fathers. One indication of the change is the fact that fathers in the United States have nearly tripled the time they spend caring for children since 1965. But our paternity leave policies and the uptake of leave haven’t kept up with the change. It’s time to press the update button.
On International Women’s Day, it is difficult to ignore the fact that the United States is an international outlier when it comes to paid leave.
Here’s an idea for politicians who claim they want to help women and families become more financially secure: Don’t institute punishing work requirements in programs that are meant to help people achieve and maintain economic security. Instead, promote and protect access to affordable, quality health care and supportive workplace policies.
As this wrap up shows, there is tremendous strength, diversity, passion and clout behind the vibrant movement to win paid family and medical leave for all.
Twenty-five years after we won a national unpaid leave law, it’s time to finally win paid leave.