Obama on phone

Paid Leave Set for Political Boost in SOTU Tonight

“We have no illusion that it will pass in the next two years,” Ellen Bravo, a leading advocate of paid leave, said Tuesday before the president’s speech. “But what we will see is growing support and growing pressures on those who block it.”

Manju Devi is Jaipur city's first female train porter.

Widow Joins All-Male Ranks as Railroad Porter

Defying extremely rigid gender-based traditions, a 32-year-old Rajasthan widow left her village and broke into the all-male ranks of railway porters in the capital city of Jaipur. Now she’s planning a better life for her children.

Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Domestic Workers’ Champ Envisions Win-Win Future

After Massachusetts’ passage of a domestic workers’ bill of rights, Ai-jen Poo sees “more states on the horizon.” She’s also looking to build support for subsidies and tax breaks to help families pay for better-trained caregivers.