FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shannon M. Rudder, MBA Executive Director
220 Russell Street, Suite 200
Hadley, MA 01035
MOTHERWOMAN RECEIVES MULTI-YEAR GRANT TO IMPACT
FAMILY POLICY IN MASSACHUSETTS
HADLEY, MA (June 26, 2015) – MotherWoman is pleased to receive three-year funding of $60,000 from Women’s Fund of Western MA to support MotherWoman’s Firm Foundation: Policy Change for Mothers Project in partnership with UMass Amherst and Hampshire College.
“For the past eight years, MotherWoman has been working on ways to impact family policy. This time around, we are leading the way with our current Pregnant Worker Fairness Act (PWFA) legislation. Many MA employers treat pregnant workers fairly; the PWFA Act will ensure that all women be afforded reasonable accommodations regardless of where they happen to work,” says MotherWoman Executive Director Shannon M. Rudder.
The project will utilize a multi-tiered approach of public awareness, engagement with legislators and employers as well as expanding collaborative networks of support for pregnant workers. PWFA’s active campaign is underway connecting with mothers with lived experience of pregnancy discrimination to empower them to share their stories in meaningful ways. MotherWoman promotes this initiative via social media and most recently hosted a flashmob to “She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summer, as a creative engagement and awareness strategy to feature PWFA.
MotherWoman has partnered with UMass, Hampshire College and a host of local activists to organize and rally support for this legislation. Funds from the Women’s Fund will significantly increase capacity for the PWFA and other family policy initiatives spearheaded by MotherWoman over the next three years.
To get involved with MotherWoman and help pass PWFA, contact MotherWoman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.387.0703.
MotherWoman supports and empowers mothers to create positive, personal and social change by building community safety-nets, impacting family policy and promoting the leadership and resilience of mothers. MotherWoman, is committed to ensuring that all mothers have information and education, access to resources, and proper care during their time(s) of expressed need.