Sunday, October 28, 2007

MomsRising has the right idea!! did you know that the US is one of only 4 countries that do not have paid maternity leave: The others?? Read on...

MomsRising is challenging the 2008 Presidential candidates to answer to America's moms.

They are working on mother-friendly issues including health care, getting toxics out of toys, flexible work options, child care, afterschool programs, paid family leave, maternal hiring discrimination, and paid sick days
They are developing the resources to create the demand for xxx and will be working to help ensure that all moms are able to vote!

If you are interested, go to:
https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1768/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=2907

They note:
"American mothers are acutely aware that they and their children are struggling. A full quarter of families in our nation with children under six are living in poverty. One in eight children doesn't have any health care coverage at all. 40,000 kindergarteners are home alone after school because of the lack of affordable after school programs. Childcare services are prohibitively expensive and too often of poor quality. Today, the U.S. is one of only four countries that doesn't have paid leave for new mothers. The others are Papua New Guinea, Swaziland and Liberia. We also lag behind in paid sick days and flexible work options so we can participate in our children's schools and be at home before and after school hours. A full three-quarters of mothers are in the workforce, yet mothers are 79% less likely to be hired than non-mothers with equal resumes and job experiences. Single mothers make just 60 cents to a man's dollar. Studies show that wage gaps like these narrow when family-friendly policies and programs--like paid family leave and subsidized childcare--are in place. We can do better for our children, our families, and ourselves. Let's insist that all of the candidates make "family values" talk be about helping real families. Let's use our combined Mom-Power to make sure that whoever wins has the best policies for families and a mandate for change."

Please consider this among your charitable giving to make the MomsVote '08 campaign a reality. MomsRising.org is a non-partisan organization and, as such, will not be endorsing a candidate. The MomsVote '08 campaign is designed to put all of the candidates on notice that moms are a powerful, voting constituency. MomsRising.org will work to ensure that family-friendly policies are at the front and center of each and every candidate's agenda.
-Your donations make the work of MomsRising possible. To donate today on our new, secure website go to: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=F6Aku%2FhP8rdbrDG0nCFkRO71D%2BxYycHU

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