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Planned Parenthood Speaks Out Against the Elimination of Family Planning Funding

We received the following news from Planned Parenthood this morning:

Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee announced that the Title X family planning program ($317 million) will be eliminated in the House leadership’s FY11 Continuing Resolution (CR), which will be considered next week by the full House. This bill is necessary to continue funding the government after March 4 (when the current CR expires) through the end of the fiscal year. 

Other critical health programs are also targeted for significant reductions – including the maternal and child health block grant program and community health centers.

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Accidental Trailblazers for Tradeswomen

By Tunisia L. Riley*

On January 25, 2011 Women’s eNews sponsored a panel discussion of female electricians, moderated by Francine Moccio, author of Live Wire: Women and Brotherhood in the Electrical Industry. The event was standing room only with guests filling each seat and lining the walls of the Women’s eNews office. Panelists included Melinda Hernandez, Laura Kelber, Cynthia Long, and Susan Eisenberg. The women were all featured in Live Wire and were from Local Union 3.

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New Report! Leaves That Pay

This just in!  Eileen Applebaum from the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Ruth  Milkman have released findings from their latest report, Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California. In addition to new data and analysis on experiences with California's unique Paid Family Leave program, Applebaum and Milkman also offer a handy timeline of leave policymaking at the state and federal level as well as data on access to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For instance, did you know that FMLA’s coverage is limited to only about half of all workers, and less than a fifth of all new mothers? 

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Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California

This report presents findings from surveys Eileen Applebaum and Ruth Milkman conducted in 2009 and 2010 of 253 employers and 500 individuals about their experiences with the California Paid Family Leave program and concludes with policy recommendations. The authors conclude that California’s Paid Family Leave program has “more than proven its worth," positvely impacting productivity and staff morale in addition to the economic, social, and health outcomes of workers and their families.  The biggest obstacle to full implementation is limited public awareness of the program.  To improve the impact of this path breaking program, Applebaum and Milkman recommend extending outreach, increasing the level of wage replacement, extend job protection to all users of the program, and extend the program to cover all California public employees. To read the report: click

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