Crisis Conversations: To Have and to Have Not — Family Leave in the Pandemic

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May 29, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is completely upending the way we work, live, connect with one another and what we expect from our government, communities and each other. It’s all happening so fast that stress levels and anxiety are sky high. That’s why the Better Life Lab is hosting a weekly interactive conversation for people to come together, share stories and begin to make sense of what’s unfolding and what it could mean for the future of gender equity, health, how we work and how we live.

Crisis Conversations–Live from Better Life Lab is hosted by Brigid Schulte and produced by David Schulman.

The United States stands virtually alone in the world in failing to guarantee paid maternity leave. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, Congress made history by quickly passing temporary emergency paid family leave – but severely limited who could get it. We’ll hear stories from the field about how the new law continues to create a gulf between the Haves and the Have Nots.

To dig in to this topic, Better Life Lab's Brigid Schulte is joined by:

  • Ondrea Patrick, Aldi’s worker, mother, and leader at United4Respect
  • Rebecca Gale, Freelance Journalist
  • Marissa Korbel, Staff Attorney at Victims Rights Law Center
  • Tanya Goldman, Senior Policy Analyst and Attorney at the Center for Law & Social Progress
  • Kelly Newman, Attorney and mother of six

To hear more of this episode including stories and questions from callers, click here. You can also find this episode wherever you listen to your podcasts. The video and transcript of the conversation are down below.

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