Sheryl Sandberg Endorses The FAMILY Act (August 9, 2017)

By: Debra L. Ness, HuffPost

There are moments in every social change movement when what’s possible becomes probable, and what’s probable becomes inevitable. Sheryl Sandberg’s endorsement of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act just provided one of those moments.

The Facebook COO and Lean In movement leader said on Bloomberg TV this afternoon: “Let’s talk about family and medical leave. There’s a really good bill out there. It’s the FAMILY Act. Senator Gillibrand and Congresswoman DeLauro [are the lead sponsors]. It’s a good bill. It offers 12 weeks. It covers men and women. It offers substantial wage reimbursement and replacement … That’s the kind of public policy we need. There’s some progress at the state level. Washington state last month became the fifth state to offer [a] really good paid leave policy and that’s good. But … we need strong national policy.”

With those remarks, one of our country’s most influential business leaders signaled her commitment not just to any paid family and medical leave program, but to a comprehensive, sustainable national paid leave insurance program that would allow all working people to take partially paid time away from their jobs to address serious personal or family medical needs. Lean In’s mission is to empower women to achieve their ambitions and Sandberg knows women cannot do that, nor can businesses prosper or our economy thrive, without a strong, meaningful paid leave program that covers all workers in this country.

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