Magazine article USA TODAY

Working Women Reshape U.S. Landscape

Magazine article USA TODAY

Working Women Reshape U.S. Landscape

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Addressing the needs of today's workers and families as they really are as the nation's outdated policies imagine them to be--was the goal of California's First Lady when she and the Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C., released 'The [Maria] Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything" It concluded that America's institutions--including government, faith communities, and business--have yet to adapt to the new reality of how working women have transformed today's workplaces and families.

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As a follow-up, CAP has released a policy roadmap based on the findings of Shriver's report. "The laws we do have on the books--the provision of unpaid, job-protected leave offered by the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as the prohibition against sex and pregnancy discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act--don't protect all workers and don't fully meet the needs of the workers covered by these laws, especially lower-income workers," states Ann O'Leary, CAP senior fellow and executive director of the University of California-Berkeley School of Law's Center for Health, Economic & Family Security. …

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