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Bill Introduced For National Paid Family Leave Policy

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It’s about damn time.

The United States is one of only a few countries in the world that does not provide any sort of paid maternity leave. In fact, it’s the only industrialized nation not to do so. All that could change with the Family And Medical Leave Insurance Act, a bill introduced today by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D -CT NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

The Family Act, as it’s being called for short, proposes an insurance plan that would provide paid family leave and paid sick leave for all workers: public or private, self-employed or full- or part-time. Workers could take time off for their own illness or that of a child, parent or spouse; it also includes both newborn and adopted children coming into the home. As described in The New York Times, the funding would be from both employers and employees. The benefits would be capped at $4,000 per month, covering 12 weeks/60 “caregiving days,” a year.

In other words, it is three months paid leave. Keep reading »

15 Lies Every Pregnant Woman Tells

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Pregnancy is such a magical and wonderful time in a woman’s life — but it’s pretty safe to say that some aspects of it are definitely easier than others. Every mom-to-be has good days and bad days and everything in between — including those instances where you do whatever you have to just to make it through the day without having an emotional meltdown. Read 15 lies pregnant women tell in an effort to make the darker side of those nine months more bearable on The Stir…

Kelly Clarkson Is Barfing Her Way Through Her First Trimester

“I vomit a good dozen times a day. It’s, like, bad. I vomited before coming out here and I had a peppermint so you didn’t [know].  I’m not even kidding, it’s so bad. It’s so bad. I know it’s like so gross. And that’s the thing, too — you’re not attractive when you’re pregnant. Everybody tells you [that] you glow and you’re hair is pretty and you’re nails are pretty. That’s total crap. My nails are short, my hair still falls out like it’s not all lush and beautiful and I have no glow. Unless it’s, like, something left over from a bad throw up. It’s horrible.”

Newly pregnant Kelly Clarkson (11 weeks!) tossed her cookies backstage on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. I pity the lowly PA who had to clean that one up. And by the way, totally disagree she’s “not attractive” while pregnant! [Celebuzz] [Photo: Pacific Coast News]

Baby Machines Aren’t Making Quite So Many Babies

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  • The pregnancy rate in America is the lowest its been in 12 years, according to a new report from the Centers For Disease Control, observing data from 2000 to 2009. Can someone say “economy”? Some good news, at least: teen pregnancy also reached a historic low in 2009. [CNN, Reuters]
  • On Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston and the overlapping of football culture and rape culture. [RH Reality Check]
  • Rape apologists love to blame women for being drunk when a sexual assault occurs — but here’s what actual research says about women and alcohol. [Think Progress]
  • How “American Horror Story: Coven” is getting race all wrong. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Mom Has Tiniest Baby Bump You’ve Ever Seen

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Geez. Caroline Berg Eriksen has caused quite the stir this week after posting a photo of her rock-hard abs just three days post-baby to her Instagram account. You know who I’m talking about, right? The chick who looks insanely hot in her bra and underwear just a few days after pushing out a child? Read more on The Stir…

Kelly Clarkson Couldn’t Wait For Pregnancy Because She Has An Excuse To Be Fat

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  • Here’s Kelly Clarkson in Parade on why she’s excited to be pregnant: “Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can’t wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!” What a depressing state of affairs that female celebs actually think this way (even if she’s joking). [Parade]
  • Two pilot programs in the UK will pay mothers to breastfeed. [BBC]
  • Attorneys for the state of Arizona have asked the Supreme Court to reinstate an anti-abortion law that takes Medicaid funding away from clinics that perform abortions, even if the funds don’t go towards the cost of terminating pregnancies. The stripped funding would have affected cancer screenings, annual exams, and other aspects of women’s health. Planned Parenthood sued to successfully block the law. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »
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