I did get brief family leave when I had children, but back then my husband did not. I was pressured to leave my job and finally chose to do so for 11 years while I raised our children through their preschool year.
My most important family responsibility right now is to be very present in my grandchildrens lives. Provide childcare and keep the family traditions alive and well.
Because I experienced a short family leave and my husband experience none I stayed home with our children at the risk of not being rehired and at the risk of my career progression. This kept my family functioning just above poverty level for 11-15 years. We survived but would have thrived had we both had paid leave. I know when both parents can function for their families and bring in better incomes we all benefit.
—Kayleen P, Indianola
(23rd Legislative District)