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Urge senators to support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 1065) passed the House by a vote of 315-101, with 99 Republicans joining every Democrat present voting “aye.” Key provisions include creating a uniform national standard for reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions; prohibit employers from denying pregnant workers employment opportunities; require the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to make rules implementing the law; and address the issue through a framework modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act.

More than three-quarters of women—half the American workforce and nearly 80 percent of educators—will be pregnant and employed at some point in their lives. Women are important breadwinners in their families, yet all too often, pregnant women are pushed out of their jobs or forced to risk their health to continue earning a paycheck when they are pregnant.


Email your senators and tell them to support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

17 responses to “Urge senators to support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

  1. We wimmin will be supported and given what we need to have American babies and care for them. end of story

  2. We need good teachers who want to be good mothers to their children, our future leaders of America. We need to stop taking advantage of women.

    1. Pregnancy causes physical changes to a woman’s ability to, say, lift boxes over a certain weight or stand on her feet for prolonged periods. These realities should not be used against a pregnant woman in the workplace.

  3. The population is declining, not because no one wants to have children, but because the burden on women and families is extreme even before the baby is born. Women do not deserve this second class treatment. Your mother was pregnant and deserved the dignity and consideration that this act provides. This is not socialism, it is equality and preserving our country from the declining population and the difficulties that will result from it.

  4. If you claim to be pro-life then you need to protect the child through the entirety of life, otherwise you are pro-birth not pro-life.

    If you are pro-life then be pro-family.

    1. TRUE. IF PEOPLE ARE REALLY PRO-LIFE, THEY SHOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR WOMEN TO OBTAIN GOOD QUALITY MATERNITY CARE, BETTER MATERNITY LEAVES, HIGHER QUALITY AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE, BETTER QUALITY PEDIATRIC CARE, BETTER QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION, BETTER PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT GOOD NUTRITION, ETC. MY SISTER LIVES IN NORWAY. SHE GOT A PAID 10 MONTH MATERNITY LEAVE AFTER THE BIRTHS OF EACH OF HER CHILDREN. PRO-NATAL POLICIES LIKE NORWAY’S ARE COMMON IN THE DEMOCRACIES OF WESTERN EUROPE TO COUNTER LOW BIRTH RATES.

  5. I was also required by my school board to resign after 4 months of pregnancy. I was able to substitute at a neighboring school district that didn’t have that requirement. Pay was minimal substituting. I had 8 years of teaching at the time plus my Master’s degree. I had 2 long term sub jobs, one at my original school. I was hired in another district where I enjoyed my 25 more years of high school teaching.

  6. If you choose to get pregnant while teaching, you shouldn’t expect the government to pay for your time off. You should save enough money and take care of yourself.

  7. At one time I taught in a school district which would not allow you to teach pregnant if you could not finish a semester. I was due in early December. They were quite happy to use me as a long term sub at a very discount rate of pay. The day before I delivered I wrote out very detailed lesson plans for the next two days and asked the building secretary, who called the subs, to call me at 6:00 AM. If I answered I would be at school. If not please call someone. At 6:00 AM I was already at the hospital.

  8. I have been forced out of the workforce to care for my special needs child. It has caused me to stay in an abusive marriage which allows me to fully care for my child and be completely dependent on a man who is a monster. I have no family to help me and even if I did they have lives to live and are not obligated to care for my child for free.

  9. My first teaching job was for the Berlin Elementary School in Berlin, Germany for the United States Armed forces. After my first year I became pregnant in the Spring and was not allowed to teach a second year because I was pregnant. When I had my second child in Newton, Massachusetts Public Schools, there was no maternity leave. I taught up until 3 weeks before delivery of my son who was born in July, 1975. I returned to work in September, 1975 having to pay all of my salary for child care and infant care. Today I am subject to the WEP and do not get my Social Security benefit because of the small teacher’s pension I have. If you are a woman who has children, you cannot get ahead unless you have family members to offer free child care. Single parent women are the poverty class in the USA today.

  10. If you’re pro life then you should have more programs like this one available to people so women won’t feel like abortion is the only option they have because they can’t afford to have a child.

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