July 1, 2016

Jenna’s Story

Jenna’s Story: My partner and I spent three years preparing financially to have a baby. We knew it would be a financial struggle and that we needed to finish our education and save as much as we could before the baby was born. We knew that even if our jobs granted any parental leave, it […]

May 26, 2016

Paisly’s Story

Paisly’s Story: My name is Paisly. I am nineteen years old, and I am a low wage earner. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. My mom and I still live at the same residence where I grew up. I graduated from Jefferson High School last June. I work two low wage jobs. At […]

May 26, 2016

Hila’s Story

Hila’s Story: My name is Hila, I work for Metro in Solid Waste.  I have been an employee here for two years, and I love my job and working for Metro. My spouse and I have a two year old and we are expecting our second baby in June.   My husband is a full time […]

May 18, 2016

When Work Works Award | 2016 Oregon Winners

We are excited to announce the 2015-16 Oregon winners of the prestigious national When Work Works award for flexible employers! Please join us in congratulating these forward-thinking employers who know that making work work for their employees is good for everyone, including their bottom line, the communities where they operate, and our state’s economy! We […]

April 12, 2016

Equal Pay Day 2016 is April 12th

On April 11, 2016 the Oregon Center for Public Policy released a report about the persistent gender wage gap in Oregon and how to close it, “Women Still Paid Less That Men: Oregon’s Gender Pay Gap.” Like the rest of the nation, Oregon has a gender pay gap: the typical woman in Oregon earns about 82 […]

April 7, 2016

EPI calls for ambitious investment in childcare

On April 6, 2016 the Economic Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, DC, released a new report, “It’s time for an ambitious national investment in America’s children.” This report reviews the evidence on why a major investment in America’s children is a promising economic strategy that can provide substantial social benefits—and that would more […]

April 5, 2016

Women’s Foundation of Oregon | #ListenToHer Tour

We are thrilled that the Women’s Foundation of Oregon is hosting listening sessions in 12 Oregon cities this Spring as a way to find out from women and girls around the state what’s on their minds when it comes to being, well, women and girls in Oregon these days. We are hoping to hear from […]

February 19, 2016

Congrats, Oregon: You got a raise!

BREAKING NEWS from Salem today: the House of Representatives voted yes on SB 1532 to raise Oregon’s minimum wage! This is huge news — and we’re very excited to share it with you, our partners in change. And make no mistake: we didn’t get here by accident. We got here because people like you and […]

February 5, 2016

Familial Status Discrimination | Has it happened to you?

Familial status discrimination is employment discrimination against workers based on their off-duty family caregiving responsibilities. Pregnant women, mothers and fathers of young children, and employees with aging parents or sick spouses or partners may encounter family responsibilities discrimination. They may be rejected for hire, passed over for promotion, demoted, harassed, or terminated — despite good […]

February 2, 2016

New Report from NWLC: Set Up to Fail

Our terrific partners at the National Women’s Law Center just released this important and spot-on report, Set Up to Fail, about the incredible challenges low-wage parents face in trying to make ends meet in a way that doesn’t undermine their children’s chances for success. Every day, working parents in low-wage jobs are desperate to keep […]

January 17, 2016

I see you. Can you see her?

I am here today as a member of that community. As an activist. As a woman. As a mother.

It has not always been this way for me, but now I see the world through this lens. I see the mothers.