SHESPEAKS Your Power to Influence

The Power of the ONEsie

The Power of the ONEsie

MomsRising is a grassroots organization that fights for equal rights for families. They campaign continuously for healthcare for all children, realistic wages, flexible work schedules, and maternity and paternity leave, to name just a few.

MomsRising groups are popping up in neighborhoods across the US. These community groups help create new ideas and lobby local politicians to to improve laws by state legislature that affect children and families.

The Power of the ONEsie campaign, which started in Washington State, is an impactful display of baby onesies that represent individuals who support the Family Leave Insurance bill but cannot take the time off from work or away from their families to be at the capital in person. The bill is designed to enable both parents to take paid time off from work when a child is born. The bill was passed in the House Appropriations Committee recently and the response to the ONEsie campaign has been encouraging. MomsRising and its volunteers plan to continue to lobby in Washington State, and to support those other states that also want to help pass the Family Leave Insurance bill.

Do you agree with the need for this type of leave and the aim of the Bill? Is this acceptable for those in the workforce who do not have children?

Make a Comment

Comment  *
 
 
  • Toona54720 By Toona54720
    05.09.07  

    We're from Canada and when my kids were both born, you were allowed 6 months "parental" leave from work...with unemployment pay (2/3's). Now it's up to a year off. They have the right idea there, by putting family first.

  • stereoscream By stereoscream
    05.09.07  

    I would have LOVED to stay home & take care of my daughter for 6 months to a year before HAVING to go back to work. This country has it's priorities backwards.

  • mooberry13 By mooberry13
    05.09.07  

    I work in Philadelphia and am currently waiting to see if I get enough "donated" time to take off of work to have my baby. (Due June 15th) To have that worry taken off my hands would be wonderful. Family should come first, and you shouldn't have to worry about how you're going to feed your kids when you're out of work for maternity leave. This sounds like a wonderful organization!

  • CarlysMommy By CarlysMommy
    05.09.07  

    That sounds wonderful! I have a 9 month old daughter and would have loved to have been able to take 6 months off to take care of her. I was fortunate to be able to take 12 weeks off when she was born (using all of my vacation and sick time that I had been saving for years). Unfortunately, I had to have a C-section, and on top of that my daughter was very colicky for the first 11 1/2 weeks of her life - and it's hard to feel like you're bonding with a baby who is screaming and inconsolable all of the time. I would have loved an extra 3 months just to be able to really bond with her and enjoy her. It would have been beneficial to both of us for me to be there with her longer. My husband only took one week off with us, and that's only because I needed extra help (couldn't even get out of bed by myself for at least one week) since I had a C-section. If I hadn't had a C-section, my husband would have only taken 3 days off! I still needed help after my husband went back to work, so for another 1 1/2 weeks, my mom only worked half days and used her vacation time and came over to help me. There I was stuck at home alone with a new baby and I wasn't even allowed to drive either one of us to our doctor's appointments. I completely agree that this country has things backwards with regards to family. It seems like work ALWAYS comes first. While work is important, it shouldn't be what life is about.

  • kellyp22 By kellyp22
    05.10.07  

    I, too, had 12 weeks at home with my son. Although my boss was understanding to the situation, it would have been great to have the support of a LAW dictating that I could take 6 months with partial pay! Keep up the good work.

  • Zacksmom By Zacksmom
    05.11.07  

    I support MomsRising and any bill to improve the current status of healthcare, improved wages, flex schedules and increased maternity/paternity leave compensation. There are not enough companies out there that realize happy employees are productive employees. In NJ mothers on leave are given disability for 6 to 8 weeks. For some, this is all the "paid" leave for a new mother and it is a total outrage. 6-8 weeeks provides time for the mother to physically heal from giving birth. It provides NO PAID TIME for the essential bonding needed between a mother and child in the crucial first stages of the baby's life. NJ does offer 20 weeks family medical leave and if we were all independently wealthy use of family medical leave for maternity purposes would be ideal, but let's be realistic! Increased or mandated paid maternity/paternity leave would be beneficial for the parents to be able to share more time with the baby and adjust to not only their new role as parents, but have time to try and establish a schedule for the baby which helps when parents and employers return to work (no sleep= lower productivity). Modern family life for all of us has changed dramatically from years past. It is time for Corporate America and our government to catch up with us and discuss how we can make this work better for everyone.

  • sharon1953 By sharon1953
    05.11.07  

    families should be first,but in corporate america that is utopia and reserved for people who have money. companies dont care what they can do for you..but what you can do for them. and what they give you in benefits is what the law says they have to and if it gives them good tax incentives.

  • shantiful By shantiful
    05.12.07  

    When I had my first Daughter I was able to use the family medical leave act. I had to use all my sick and vacation time to do it and was not able to ask co-workers (who said they would) donate hours to me because having a baby was not a life threatning event. I was still more lucky than some women who dont have any benifits.

  • keulaidkid By keulaidkid
    05.15.07  

    Luckily when I had my first child I had enough vacation time built up that I was able to take 12weeks...and then he was in the care of a family member...however with my second child I was forced to take the maximum 6 weeks allowed in my case...and thank goodness I am the stay at home mom during the day...I cant imagine people who have no other choice but to daycare their children at a mear age of 6 wks. We are so busy in our lives this day in age...I would love if this was put into effect!

  • Salchipapa By Salchipapa
    05.15.07  

    We moved to FL from Canada about 10 years ago and were apalled at how poor the benefits are here. Most companies don't give much vacation time to start off with and the maternity leave is pitiful. Fortunately, I worked for a CA based company when I had my first child and the laws are a bit stricter there. However, I still only got 6 weeks of paid leave (albeit at a higher rate than a FL company would pay). I opted to take 3 months off, which is what I was allowed to take without losing my job.

More stories like this