2022 has been an especially trying time for the communities we serve.
With abortion bans now in effect in many states, as well as an ongoing baby formula shortage, the childcare crisis, and the continued strain of the pandemic, we know this year has been especially challenging for the communities we serve. Every day, we hear firsthand from callers to our helpline— disproportionately women of color who have faced mistreatment or been forced off the job due to pregnancy, childbirth, or caregiving needs. As a country, we still have no national right to paid family leave, paid sick time, or pregnancy and lactation accommodations, among other essential workplace protections.
Since our founding, we have worked state by state and city by city to expand and enforce rights for working families. 12 states and D.C. now have paid family leave programs, nearly 57 million workers who previously did not have a single paid sick day are now covered by a paid sick time law, and 30 states and 5 cities have passed stronger protections for pregnant and postpartum workers.
We know that these laws are making a real difference in the lives of workers, and we must continue to expand this work where it is needed most. You are an essential part of this work.