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Our Newsletter | Spring 2014

2014 is already shaping up to be an inspiring year for our work with lots of forward movement for women and families.  So far there’s been a strong report from the Oregon Commission on Civil Rights about closing the wage gap in Oregon, the City of Eugene is considering a paid sick days law, we’re hosting a great author event with Brigid Schulte, and we’ve been getting On Rampers together to help each other ramp back into the paid workforce after time away for caregiving.

We invite you to take a moment to catch up on what’s going on in the world of creating a Family Forward Oregon.

10 Things to Know About Equal Pay

As Equal Pay Day approaches (the day this year when women have finally earned what their male counterpart earned last year), the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) put together this great top-10 list of facts to know about equal pay in Oregon.  See all 10 here.

What is a flexible workplace, exactly?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about flexible workplaces.  But what is a flexible workplace, exactly?  And why should we care?  Find out here.

Making Childcare More Affordable

We spoke up in Salem for more affordable childcare this year — and we got it!

And it’s just the beginning of what we have in mind for creating a childcare system that actually works for the people who need childcare (parents!) and the people who provide it (childcare workers!).  And yes, the children who attend it.

Overwhelmed? Meet the Author!

We’re excited to be hosting a great author event with author Brigid Schulte in a few weeks. In her new book, “Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time,” Schulte, a Washington Post reporter and Portland native, takes a close look at our culture of overwork – especially how it affects working parents. She dives deep into the “why” behind what she calls “the overwhelm” (worthy of a noun!) and searches for ways to solve it — in our public policies and personal lives.

Not surprisingly, her proposed solutions include policy changes like affordable childcare, paid family leave, and paid sick days, among other common-sense work-family policies that Family Forward Oregon is advocating for here in Oregon.