When People Have To Choose Between Their Family And Their Paycheck, We All Lose.
This week, President Donald Trump met with a group of women CEOs to discuss advancing women in the workforce. Let’s make sure it wasn’t just empty rhetoric by encouraging our Senators to champion the FAMILY Act to Implement Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance. After all, we still live in the only industrialized country without any mandated family leave, forcing many new parents to make the heartbreaking decision between earning the income they need and caring for the newborns they love.
This week, we’re asking you to call your senator, encourage them to support The FAMILY Act, and then spread the word by sharing this card with your network. This legislation would help new mothers, fathers, and people with serious health issues keep their jobs and care for their families. Together, we can fight for paid family-leave programs that benefit everyone regardless of gender, class, age, or circumstance.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project Team
We All Should #StandWithGavin
At the Grammys, actress and activist Laverne Cox used her platform to highlight Gavin Grimm’s upcoming Supreme Court case. This March decision may impact how public schools accommodate trans students across the nation. Laverne’s speech is a critical reminder that representation matters and we can help ensure equality and justice for all. Show your support by sharing our Grammys summary and tweeting using the hashtag #StandWithGavin.
Representation Around the Web
“While [Melissa McCarthy’s] gender isn’t the center of her performance, it matters. There’s a bit of an extra bite in a woman lampooning the spokesperson of a president who once bragged about grabbing women’s genitals, and who was reportedly moved to rage last month when attendance at women’s protests around the world dwarfed attendance at his inauguration. Add to that the fact that President Trump reportedly wants his female staffers to ‘dress like women,’ and Melissa McCarthy dressing like a man to play his press secretary feels like a particularly astute way to needle the White House” – The New York Times
- CNN: Martellus Bennett Skipping White House Visit: “I’m Not Going to Go”
- The Huffington Post: Watch The Feminist Superbowl Ad No One Is Talking About
- New York Magazine: Senate Votes to Silence Elizabeth Warren for Quoting Coretta Scott King
- Refinery29: Why I’m Not Celebrating 84 Lumber’s Viral Super Bowl Ad — And Neither Should You
- Teen Vogue: If You Think Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Performance Wasn’t Political, You Missed the Point
- Vox: Trump’s Policies at Work: ICE Deports an Immigrant Mother in the Middle of the Night
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” – Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell about Senator Elizabeth Warren via The New York Times #RepresentHer #ShePersisted
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