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“Zero flexibility”

Senator Gillibrand addresses paid parental leave and income equality in MLK Day speech

By WITW Staff on January 19, 2016

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke at the 30th annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. yesterday,  using her speech to address the issues of paid parental leave and income equality. Reflecting on times when she had to skip work because her son was sick, she said that not every mother had that luxury. “There are too many parents in our city, in our state, in our country, who have zero flexibility — no sick days, no vacation days, no paid leave,” she said. “So if we want to make our families strong, if we want to lift more Americans out of poverty, if we want to make sure a mother can keep her job even when she has a new baby, we have to change the policies.”

The Senator, who has been a strong and consistent voice on the issue of gender equality, called for policies that “reflect what American workers’ lives are actually like,” such as paid parental leave and raising the minimum wage. “These burdens are even higher in African-American communities,” she added. “There, two out of every three moms are the primary breadwinners. Without equal pay and without paid leave they don’t have a chance.”

Read the full story at The Cut.