Throwing Maternal Support Out With the Afterbirth
Almost 61% of women with children under 3 years old, and almost 56% of women with children under 1 year, were in the labor force in 2011.
And America has no real maternal support service for any of them!
Lori Sokol explores the holes in America’s system that leaves mom’s, single or otherise, out in the cold. http://womensenews.org/story/parenting/130524/single-or-not-us-moms-have-reason-feel-alone
Illinois Sick Day Bill Makes Difference for Women
Illinois lawmakers have introduced the Healthy Workplace Act, a bill that would allow workers to accrue up to seven paid sick days a year.
Women still bear the brunt of caretaking responsibilities, and it is largely women who go without paid sick-days benefits. Female-dominated industries, including childcare and food service, are among the least likely to offer paid sick days, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.
Nearly three-quarters of workers in those two industries don’t enjoy paid sick time. In fact, half of all working mothers, and two-thirds of low-income working mothers, report that they do not get paid when they take a day off to care for a sick child.
San Francisco was the first city to mandate paid sick days for their workers. The law went into effect in 2007. Four years later, in a survey of 727 employers, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that 6 out of 7 employers report no impact in profitability. While business opposition was strong before the law went into effect, two-thirds of employers now support the law.