Pass Paid Leave: Support the FAMILY Act

Passing Family Leave Act - Stats InfoGraphic

The average amount of leave  taken due to employees’ own & family-related health issues

When it comes to paid leave, the United States stands out – and not in a good way.

Unlike the majority of developed countries worldwide, the United States does not guarantee paid annual leave, paid time off for illness or family care, or paid parental leave. And for many Americans, this unpaid time off work is untenable and it threatens their economic security.

The 116th Congress must take steps to provide greater support to American workers trying to meet the demands of work and life. That’s why AAUW is calling for passage of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which would create a national self-funding paid family and medical leave insurance program.

Women disproportionately bear the economic opportunity cost of providing care for children or elderly family members, or doing things like taking them to the doctor. Yet many women delay seeking health care for themselves because they cannot take time off work, affecting their abilities as employees and primary caregivers. Paid leave not only improves health outcomes for parents and children, it means women don’t have to choose between their family’s health needs and their job.

AAUW is committed to advocating for the rights of workers and promoting the economic, social, and physical well-being of all people.

Congress must be too.  Contact your representatives today!

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Aileen Rizo: Blazing a Trail for Equal Pay

Harpar Bizaar's quote about Alison Rizo

What would you do if you found out that your male co-worker made a lot more than you?

In in 2012, Aileen learned that her salary was lower than a co-worker with less experience and less education – based solely on her prior work history in a different state.  For the past six years, she has worked tirelessly on the quest to make “Equal Pay for Equal Work” a reality.

Alison Rizo - BioRizo v. Yovino

Her landmark case raised the issue as to whether prior salary histories have perpetuated the gender pay gap.

Rizo resisted – and persisted – causing change to California’s Equal Pay laws and winning her federal case against her employer!

She’s become a familiar face in Sacramento, testifying in support of legislation that has been enacted to ensure that previous pay is no longer a determining factor when setting pay for a worker.

California is now one of six states to ban the use of salary history when negotiating a worker’s compensation.

Rizo’s lawsuit, Rizo v. Yovino, has led to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals full hearing and decision in April that, under the Equal Pay Act of 1963, employers cannot pay women less than men just because of a previous job’s salary.

Her attorney in the federal lawsuit is Dan Siegel of Oakland and her case has received financial support from the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.

As Rizo worked with advocates on the Sacramento legislation, she learned that her member of the Assembly consistently voted against the bills she was favoring.

She is now a candidate to replace him. Rizo’s story was featured on the New Republic blog July 19, 2018 and in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

You can read more about her experience and court case at:


The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund supported Rizo in her lawsuit.


If you’d like to support AAUW’s efforts to obtain equality for women & girls, you can donate to the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund at this link: