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This piece originally ran as a Strategies for Sisterhood Success item in Women of Reform Judaism's Weekly Digest newsletter.

Mother’s Day is a day when we celebrate the women who raised us. To show our love and appreciation, we often give gifts—jewelry, clothing, tickets to a show. While these gifts are wonderful, we should also work towards giving our mothers one gift in particular that could change their lives tremendously—paid family leave. Family leave has only been around in the United States for a short period. Before 1993, workers had no federal protections to take family...

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This piece originally ran as a post on WRJ's blog.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time for us to reflect and re-educate ourselves on the unyielding problem of sexual assault. In the last few months, the #MeToo movement has shifted the national conversation towards the issue of workplace sexual harassment. While related, it is important to continue the discussion around sexual assault as its own issue, building on the awareness that has grown in the last few years. Campus sexual assault remains a pervasive problem and focus on it has reignited in response to troubling...

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This piece originally ran as a post on WRJ's blog. 

On the day before this year’s Equal Pay Day (April 10th), the day when women's average earnings finally catch up to men's average earnings from the previous year, equal pay advocates received a gift: a favorable court decision. On Monday, April 9, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals released its unanimous decision for Rizo v. Yovino, ruling that employers cannot consider prior salary when determining an employee’s pay. This decision affirmed equal pay advocates’ claim that using prior salary to determine pay perpetuates the...

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Today, on Thursday, March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day. The history of this celebration is surprisingly radical: the first occurrence was on February 28, 1909, in New York. Established by a Jewish labor and women’s rights activist, the day was created to recognize women’s contributions and promote women’s suffrage within the Socialist Party of America. This has since spread throughout the world with the guidance of the United Nations.

The United Nations selects different themes each year, and this year, it has chosen “Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming...

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This piece originally ran as a Strategies for Sisterhood Success item in Women of Reform Judaism's Weekly Digest newsletter.

On Thursday, March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day. The history of this celebration is surprisingly radical: the first occurrence was on February 28, 1909, in New York. Established by a Jewish labor and women’s rights activist, the day was created to recognize women’s contributions and promote women’s suffrage within the Socialist Party of America. This has since spread throughout the world with the guidance of the United Nations. The UN has...

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