Rural Health Requires Paid Leave

The third Thursday of each November is set aside as National Rural Health Day, an acknowledgement of the contribution rural communities and workers among these communities make to society and their pressing health needs.

We honor the millions of workers that keep America running the best way we can—continuing the drum beat for paid leave for all. No one should have to choose between their jobs and being there for those they love.

Jill Biden Will Be the First First Lady To Work Full Time

Pat Nixon was the first first lady to wear pants in public. Hillary Clinton was the first first lady to be elected to a public office. And now, Jill Biden is projected to become the first first lady to keep her full-time job outside of the White House.

“Dr. Biden … will be leading a life that is much more like that of everyday American women: balancing their role in a family with a professional life,” Jellison said.

The Toll Microaggressions Take on Women Entrepreneurs

In Susanne Althoff’s upcoming book, “Launching While Female: Smashing the System That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back,” she investigates the gender gap in the business world.

Through interviews with women and nonbinary entrepreneurs, more than half of them BIPOC, “Launching While Female” explores how everything from better funding opportunities to access to mentors and eliminating the use of microaggressions will help their companies grow.

Atlanta Mayor Urges City Employees to Work the Polls on Election Day

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order authorizing leave for city employees to serve as poll workers for the November election and runoff election. The executive order comes amidst growing concern regarding the safety of in-person voting, especially as people over age 60—who are at highest risk for complications from COVID-19—have historically constituted the majority of volunteers.

Accommodating Pregnant Workers is a Matter of Reproductive, Economic and Racial Justice

It’s still the case that too many women of color are fired or
forced out when they request a modest workplace accommodation to protect their health. Longer term, pregnancy discrimination pushes women deeper into poverty, jeopardizing the health and economic well-being of our families.

Last month, the House passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act with overwhelming bipartisan support. Now, we must call on the Senate to take up this bill without delay.

2020’s Top IPOs Snub Women, Particularly Women of Color

There are some worrisome trends in play when it comes to the representation of women, and particularly women of color, among the newest class of corporate America.

And these disturbing trends pose more than an abstract threat to the moral rectitude of advancing the equality of the sexes: A lack of gender and racial diversity at the top tier has demonstrable negative impacts on a company’s bottom line and ability to innovate.