No One Should Have to Die Alone

Dying alone is not unique to a pandemic. In ordinary times, millions of people, including children, spend long hours in the hospital without a loved one present.

In these cases, the orders come not from medical personnel but from a boss: “If you take leave to be with this family member, you will lose your pay.” For many, the order goes further: “If you leave, don’t come back. You will lose your job and your health insurance.”

The Real Cost-Benefit Analysis of Paid Leave

What is the cost of a father dying alone? Who knows the toll when chemo is what you do on your lunch hour? How do we measure the loss of a career to care for a loved one with a disability? What’s the price tag on a child’s terror while waiting in her hospital bed for a parent to finish work and drop exhausted into the chair beside her?

The State of Paid Leave

It has been encouraging to see politicians on both sides of the aisle signal their support for a national paid parental leave plan in the days since President Trump’s State of the Union address. With any legislation, however, the devil is in the details—and the plan proposed by the administration to date is devilish indeed.

One Simple Way to Move Women Closer to Equality

August 26 marked the 95th anniversary of women’s suffrage, enshrined in the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Many describe this as the date women were “granted the right to vote.” Others prefer to say it’s when women “won the right to vote,” recognizing the decades of struggle it took to get that victory, full […]