[ONLINE] Crisis Conversations — Live From Better Life Lab

Session X

The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting virtually everything about the way we work, live, connect with one another and expect from our government, businesses, communities and each other. And it’s exposing the deep cracks and inequities in American society. We can’t go back.  So what will it take to create a fairer future of work and family? That’s what the Better Life Lab explores every week. Join us on Zoom to share stories, make sense of what’s so rapidly unfolding, and imagine together a better new normal.

Join us on Friday, May 29 at 1 pm Eastern time, for a 30-minute interactive conversation on paid family leave. The United States is virtually the only country in the world that fails to guarantee paid maternity leave to anyone. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, Congress quickly passed temporary emergency paid family leave – but severely limited who could get it. New mothers are still excluded. We’ll be sharing stories from the field about how the new law continues to create a gulf between Haves and Have Nots and a better way forward – for everyone.


Brigid Schulte
Director, Better Life Lab at New America


Rebecca Gale
Journalist and author of Emergency Paid Leave Helps Some Families, Leaves Others Adrift in the New York Times

Marissa Korbel
Lawyer, writer, mother and author of How leave provided by the coronavirus relief bill is saving my sanity while we shelter in place in the Washington Post

Ondrea Patrick
Aldi’s worker, mother and United4Respect Leader who needs but isn’t eligible for paid family leave

Tanya Goldman
Senior policy analyst & attorney at the Center for Law & Social Policy tracking emergency paid leave implementation