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Ellen Bravo

Ellen Bravo

Ellen Bravo is an activist and author. She serves as executive director of Family Values @ Work, a network of 15 state coalitions working for paid sick days and paid family leave. The former director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women, her most recent book is Taking on the Big Boys, or Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business and the Nation. She is a WMC Progressive Women’s Voices alumna.

Ellen Bravo is a WMC SheSource expert on Business and the Economy.

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Why Work-Family Policies Are a Women’s Issue—and More

August 1, 2013

The lack of family-friendly policies in the United States is rooted in the undervaluation of women and women’s work. Too many workplaces still operate as if the workforce is comprised of men with a wife at home full-time to raise the kids—in spite of the fact that the majority of families with children have every parent in the workforce. More »

Who’s Really Taking Responsibility in America?

Who’s Really Taking Responsibility in America?

October 3, 2012

Working families advocate Ellen Bravo takes a look at a proud member of the 47 percent, a life-long Republican who has her own advice for Mitt Romney. More »

“Having it All?”—The Wrong Question for Most Women

“Having it All?”—The Wrong Question for Most Women

June 26, 2012

As it has done at least once a decade for the past 40 years, the media seems intent on pitting women against each other in a "Having it All" debate about work inside and outside the home. Author and organizer Ellen Bravo explains why the discussion defies reality. More »

A Child’s Holiday Wish

A Child’s Holiday Wish

December 9, 2011

A troop of children visited Congress yesterday to deliver messages to lawmakers: "Please let my family stay together." More »

Listening to Women—Obama’s Jobs Proposal

Listening to Women—Obama’s Jobs Proposal

September 13, 2011

The jobs plan President Obama presented to Congress this week recognizes that out-of-work women need targeted help. More »

Justice According to Jack Welch

Justice According to Jack Welch

August 25, 2011

A federal court dismissed charges of discrimination against Bloomberg L.P. last week. Here, the director of Family Values @ Work analyses the logic behind this blow struck against women trying to balance work and family life. More »

Paid Sick Days in Connecticut—It’s About Time!

Paid Sick Days in Connecticut—It’s About Time!

July 6, 2011

Governor Dan Malloy announced Tuesday that he had signed legislation providing Connecticut employees with paid sick leave. Activist and author Ellen Bravo and State Senator Edith Prague explain why this is a landmark moment for women and their families. More »

What It Will Take to Get to Equal Pay

What It Will Take to Get to Equal Pay

April 12, 2011

Today is Equal Pay Day. April 12 symbolizes how far into 2011 women must work to earn what men earned in 2010 in the United States. Here, activist and author Ellen Bravo explains what is at stake. More »

Women’s Stake in Fighting Arizona’s New Law

Women’s Stake in Fighting Arizona’s New Law

May 20, 2010

The author, a Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices alumna, reports back from a Mother’s Day delegation in Phoenix to protest the state’s treatment of immigrant women. More »

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FMLA 19 Years Later: Big Impact, Big Challenges

February 15, 2012

Nineteen years ago, an American president signed into law a measure that acknowledged for the first time in our history that having a family shouldn’t cost you your job. The bill was the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the president Bill Clinton, the date February 5, 1993. What the FMLA guaranteed ... More »

Daylight Lessons from Letterman’s Late Night Escapades

October 5, 2009

The author, an expert on the prevention of sexual harassment and other issues of women in the workforce, suggests that human resources professionals and corporate executives take the occasion of David Letterman’s revelations to revisit their companies’ policies with the understanding that “sexual favoritism is sexual harassment.” More »

Honoring Evelyn Coke

August 14, 2009

She fought all the way to the Supreme Court to win justice for home care workers. Now we must honor her by advancing her cause. More »

We All Deserve Time to Be with Loved Ones

October 22, 2008

The health needs of those we love can suddenly become a top priority for anyone—even a presidential candidate in the final days of a historic election. Only some political leaders and legislators, however, are willing to give all workers the flexibility they must have during a health emergency. More »