How One Mom Changed Lyft's Paid Family Leave Policy

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Media Outlet: Slate

Rebecca Gale wrote for Slate about how one woman was able to generate the momentum to create an expanded paid leave policy within Lyft. This story is part of the RiseLocal project of the National Network. 

With little fanfare, Lyft recently significantly expanded the amount of time its workers will be able to take paid family and medical leave, one of a small but growing number of U.S. companies stepping up to meet the needs of the modern workforce. Though a majority of children are now being raised in families where all parents work, only a handful—14 percent—have paid family leave.
At Lyft, it all started with one woman, and one meeting.


Rebecca Gale is a writer in Bethesda, Md. and mother of two boys. She previously served in the Obama Administration and as a reporter for CQ Roll Call.