babygate: what you really need to know about pregnancy and parenting in the american workplace

Our beloved Upper West Sider, Ariel Devine, is on the board of a Better Balance.  Come meet her and get ready to be in awe of Dina Bakst, another Upper West Sider as she talks about her breakthrough book!

Free event at the JCC:

babygate: what you really need to know about pregnancy and parenting in the american workplace
Join us for a conversation with the authors of this new, insightful guide that serves as a roadmap to the tricky terrain that comes with being a parent in the American workplace. Learn about the rights and protection available for parents (and expectant parents) in the workplace and explore ways to navigate the challenges that arise in seeking work-life balance. Dina Bakst, Co-President of a Better Balance, co founded ABB to advance the legal rights of pregnant women and caregivers in the American worklace. Phoebe Taubman is a senior staff attorney with A Better Balance, where she works to combat discrimination and advance family-friendly public policies at the local, state and federal levels.

Tue, May 21
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Free All
For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.
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We are pleased to announce the release of Babygate: What You Really Need to Know about Pregnancy and Parenting in the American Workplace, a new book by A Better Balance (with foreword by Cynthia Calvert & Joan Williams) available online just in time for Mother’s Day!
Before women can “lean in” to achieve their career goals, entertain the debate about having it all, or fight for the need to work from home, they have to understand their basic rights in the workplace. For too many women, leaning in can result in being pushed out of a job. How and when does the law protect parents? Where does it fall short? A new, insightful guide offers a roadmap to the tricky terrain that comes with being a mom in the American workplace.
About the book:
Moms-to-be get tons of advice about what to eat, which stroller to buy, and how to get their bodies back after baby arrives. What’s missing is clear and comprehensive advice on how to keep their jobs during pregnancy and beyond. In Babygate, three legal experts share practical tips, real-life stories from moms and dads, and key legal information to spotlight the protections expecting and new parents have (and don’t have) in the workplace. This step-by-step guide covers everything from morning sickness to maternity leave to confronting discrimination on the job. With a clear, often witty, interpretation of the law and various employment policies, the authors explain how workers can advocate for themselves and protect their jobs and paychecks while welcoming their little bundles of joy.
Babygate arms readers with valuable tools, including a ZagatTM-like guide on parents’ rights in each state. The authors also highlight how far the US lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to work-life policies and invite readers to join them in making America a more family-friendly nation. No
baby shower is complete without it!
Praise for the book:
“Any mother-to-be who buys What to Expect When You’re Expecting should pick up a copy of Babygate to go with it. It offers indispensable advice to allow working parents to stay on the job and is a blueprint for change in the coming work-family revolution.”
—Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University professor and author of Why Women Still Can’t Have It All
“A Better Balance, one of the outstanding defenders of parents’ legal rights in the United States, has given us an indispensable guide with Babygate. No new parent should leave the hospital without it!”
—Ann Crittenden, Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of The Price of Motherhood
“If you’re a working parent, you need Babygate—an invaluable and humane guide for expecting and new parents about their legal and economic rights in the American workplace. The information in its pages will provide answers to your most important questions and empower you to stand up for yourself and working families.”
—Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation
You’re invited! We are celebrating the launch of Babygate with two events in New York City in May. Books will be available for sale!
May 15th: Join us at 61 Local from 7-9pm. Admission is free. Please RSVP to For more information click here.
May 21st: Join us at the Manhattan JCC from 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, click here. To register, call 646-505-5708. This is a free event.
If you are unable to make either event, you can still buy Babygate online or have your book club or new parents’ group read the book and join in on the conversation! All proceeds from Babygate sales go to A Better Balance so we can continue our work educating low-income women about their legal rights in the workplace.
Thank you for all that you do,
Sherry, Dina, Phoebe, Jared, Karen, Elizabeth, Theresa, & Cari
P.S. To learn more about our work visit our webpage. Check out our blog on work/family legal issues, “like” A Better Balance on
Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!
Donate now to A Better Balance.  Together we can improve the lives of families across the country. 

About valeriegerstein

A former online media professional, I am home, on the Upper West Side, with my 2 gorgeous girls, Mia and Liza and their wonderful Daddy, Mark.
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