YWCA recognized as a Healthy Mothers’ Workplace

Categories: Advocacy, In the News

We are honored to receive the Healthy Mother’s Workplace bronze award this year, for outstanding policies that support working moms! We were in phenomenal company at Monday’s award ceremony with the organizations and electeds leading the way on family-friendly workplaces – not just in San Francisco, but in the country.

YWCA and others were recognized for implementing an above-and-beyond slate of policies and practices to support working moms, especially through lactation accommodations, flexible schedules, and equitable parental leave policies. (For a full list, visit the coalition’s website here: http://healthymothersworkplace.org/)

Senator Scott Weiner, who passed some of San Francisco’s most progressive paid family leave laws when he was a supervisor and most recently co-authored the New Parent Leave Act, SB 63 with Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, spoke about paid leave’s impact on the gender wage gap. “Lack of paid parental leave, especially paternity leave, is responsible for the alarming poverty rates we see among senior women,” he said. We see this time and again with our FiftyPlus clients, many of whom drop out of the workforce to raise their kids because workplace policies don’t support equitable childcare responsibilities.

Dr. Emily Murase, Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women led a remarkable panel of inspiring leaders in the field, including Lucy, La Cocina, and Planet Labs. Employee and employer pairs shared why supporting moms and families makes sense for their business and for their values, everywhere from the bottom line considerations to making sure they can attract and retain the top talent. We couldn’t agree more!