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.”

Coronavirus Relief Bill Signed into Law—Including Paid Sick Leave and Free COVID-19 Testing

On Wednesday, the Senate passed legislation that will provide paid sick and family leave for many Americans, as well as free coronavirus testing and strengthened unemployment insurance. In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the bill, known as the “Families First Act,” passed 90-8. It now heads to President Trump’s desk, who expressed support for the bill and is likely to sign.

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?

Feminists Sound Off on This Week’s Progress for Paid Leave

The U.S. is one of only two nations in the world that does not offer some form of paid leave, leaving over 80 percent of workers with little financial recourse if they must take time off to care for a new child or a sick family member. Feminists this week pushed for progress on the issue on Capitol Hill—winning one major victory and then calling for even more.

The Moment of Lift We Need for Father’s Day

I hope this Father’s day that children across the country are celebrating dads who cook, do chores, help with homework and keep their households running—all while thriving at work. We can have healthy, happy communities and families. By demanding as much, we can change humanity.

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.