Paid Leave Wins at the Ballot Box; Action Fund’s Paid Leave Champions Successful in 183 of 247 Races; Nine Still to be Decided

“It is unacceptable that in 2018 millions of working people are forced to choose between economic security and their health or the health of a loved one, but Tuesday’s results provide more evidence that paid family and medical leave is a winning issue,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the Action Fund.

It is past time for lawmakers to catch up to the public’s needs and demands and pass a comprehensive paid family and medical leave policy like the FAMILY Act.”

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Taking This Movement, This Fight to the Polls

This isn’t the same country it was a year ago. In his inauguration speech last January, the president declared, “this American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” He promised that “from this day forward, it’s going to be — always — America first.”

But many of us — including women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and people with special needs, disabilities and chronic illness — recognize that Trump’s federal government is putting all of us last. We’re fighting every day to avoid becoming the carnage of an administration that seems not to care at all about our lives and freedoms.

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#MomsDontNeed

Put simply, these are scary times — made all the more challenging because the Trump administration and its allies often try to hide their agenda and obscure their real goals. So, as we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, we’re taking stock and speaking out about what America’s moms do and don’t need.

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Yearning for Real Leadership, Compassion and Respect

Less than six weeks into the Trump administration, our nation is reeling from a series of cruel, reckless executive actions. From the Global Gag Rule, which denies essential health care to some of the world’s poorest women — to actions that put a bull’s eye on the backs of vulnerable transgender students — from the Muslim ban, which sent a message to desperate refugees around the globe that our country’s promise of safe haven is no more — to the war on immigrants that is stoking fear and turning communities into police states — this president has demonstrated a breathtaking propensity for harsh actions that punish the powerless and create deep, damaging divides.

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'Vile – Repugnant – Misogynistic'

"Donald Trump’s comments about women, on a tape that came to light yesterday, are vile, repugnant and utterly misogynistic. To hear a presidential candidate from a major political party bragging about harassing, assaulting and violating women is deeply distressing and absolutely appalling. Trump’s degrading comments about women have long been a source of concern, but this takes it to an even uglier level. These comments violate basic decency."

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Don’t Be Fooled by Trump’s Motherhood and Child Care Ads

Two new ads from the Trump campaign – “Motherhood,” released last week, and “Listening,” released yesterday – are now being seen in households across the country. The ads touch on some of the issues that matter most to America’s women and families, including paid leave, child care and dependent care savings accounts, but the solutions they propose miss the mark badly in terms of what the nation really needs

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'A Clear Choice in November'

"Tonight was a historic moment – the first time in history that a presidential debate in a general election featured a woman candidate representing a major party. It was also, not coincidentally, the first time economic issues that matter deeply to women were so prominent in a debate. The country is better off because of it. These two presidential candidates have very different views about women. 

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