Paid Leave: Good for Families, Good for Business

Two years ago my daughter was diagnosed with a serious health condition. As a single mom of two children, with no family in the picture to help, I was 100% responsible for their care and I was rocked to my core. I was also between jobs. I couldn’t find an employer that offered the option […]

Why it Pays to Offer Employees Paid Leave

As the founder of a mission-driven organization, I had a bunch of tough decisions to make before hiring my first employees. However, one decision was easy: offer paid family and medical leave to all employees. It was simple for two reasons. 1) I know firsthand the relief and support I felt when I was able […]

Paid Sick Days and Paid Family and Medical Leave Are Not Job Killers

Paid sick days and paid family and medical leave have gained new momentum in the past several years as policymakers, businesses, and the public increasingly recognize the necessity of these policies for working families. In 2002, California became the first jurisdiction in the United States to pass paid family and medical leave. In 2007, San […]

Actions Speak Louder than Words: Putting Women Front and Center in Global Health

I walked in to a packed room, found a seat and glanced up at the panel. The crowded stage had eight speakers, and every single one of them was a man. Even though perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised, I was. I couldn’t believe that in 2016, we were still having conversations driven solely by men.

My New Hero: Senator Pia Cayetano of the Philippines

Senator. Mom. Triathlete. That’s how Senator Pia Cayetano of the Philippines describes herself on Twitter. There’s one thing missing: hero. Senator Cayetano was the youngest female Senator ever elected in the Philippines nine years ago. At that time, the issue of reproductive health had been languishing in the Senate for more than five years. She […]

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