Jenny Kutner, Mic – December 9, 2016
On average, women in the American workforce are paid 83 cents for every dollar a man makes. Many people in the United States don’t think this should be the case. Rather, most people have said they support equal pay — includingPresident-elect Donald Trump and some of his compatriots in the Republican Party.
Charlotte Alter, TIME – September 16, 2016
In an attempt to chip away at Hillary Clinton’s double-digit lead with women voters, Donald Trump is ditching some aspects of GOP orthodoxy and embracing feminist stances on contraception, child care and paid leave.
Prachi Gupta, Cosmopolitan – September 14, 2016
At the forefront of his outreach efforts has been 34-year-old Ivanka Trump, an executive at the Trump Organization and mother of three, who talked about the importance of supporting working mothers in her RNC speech and was a major influence behind the proposal. Ivanka helped Donald Trump announce the plan on stage in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night and wrote an op-ed detailing specifics of the new policy, published in the Wall Street Journal. Cosmopolitan.com spoke with Ivanka over the phone Wednesday morning about her father’s new family leave and child care policy.
Danielle Paquette, Washington Post – August 8, 2016
On the last day of the Republican National Convention in July, Ivanka Trump strode across the stage in a blush-toned dress from her namesake label. Then she shattered party norms, pledging that her father would revolutionize support for working mothers.
Rebecca Traister, New York Magazine – The Cut – February 22, 2016
Single women are also becoming more and more powerful as a voting demographic. In 2012, unmarried women made up a remarkable 23 percent of the electorate. Almost a quarter of votes in the last presidential election were cast by women without spouses, up three points from just four years earlier. According to Page Gardner, founder of the Voter Participation Center, in the 2012 presidential election, unmarried women drove turnout in practically every demographic, making up “almost 40 percent of the African-American population, close to 30 percent of the Latino population, and about a third of all young voters.”
Darrel Rowland, Columbus Dispatch – January 11, 2016
As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders bicker over how to fund their plans for paid maternity leave, Ohio Gov. John Kasich was asked during a town-hall meeting on Friday where he stood. His answer was that women shouldn’t be given additional paid leave but should get the chance to telecommute so they can stay competitive in their careers. “The one thing we need to do for working women is to give them the flexibility to be able to work at home online,” Kasich told the man who asked the question. “The reason why that’s important is, when women take maternity leave or time to be with the children, then what happens is they fall behind on the experience level, which means that the pay becomes a differential.
Claire Cain Miller, New York Times – The Upshot – January 8, 2016
Hillary Clinton explained her proposal for paid family leave for the first time on Thursday, and it shared a lot with other politicians’ plans: 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a new child or a sick family member or to recover from an illness or injury. The difference was how she plans to pay for it.
Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal – November 16, 2015
Sen. Bernie Sanders is trying to put rival Hillary Clinton on the defense over one of her signature issues: paid family leave. Mr. Sanders backs legislation in Congress that would create a federal fund to reimburse a portion of lost wages when workers take up to 12 weeks off after the birth or adoption of a child, to care for a family member’s serious health condition or for a serious health problem of their own.
Jordan Fabian, The Hill – November 7, 2015
During a speech in Rock Hill, S.C., Sanders rattled off a number of proposals that would help working women and single mothers, such as a $15 minimum wage, affordable child care and equal pay.
Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR – October 17, 2015
NPR has tackled the question of why the U.S. stands virtually alone in not mandating paid family leave, but here’s another perplexing one — why now? New parents have needed leave for, well, for as long as there have been working parents. And it’s true that workers did get unpaid leave in the 1990s. But what happened in the last few years to nudge paid family leave onto the national political stage?