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Fighting for a National Paid Leave Policy

  • UC Berkeley 245 Hearst Gym Berkeley, CA USA (map)


Fabiola Santiago


This presentation will cover how PL+US is transforming workplaces, public policy, and culture so that everyone can give and receive family care when it matters most. Students will learn about the sociopolitical context that led to Federal Medical Leave Act of 1993--the first federal policy that provided unpaid leave to working people--and current efforts to move federal paid family leave efforts forward. We will also cover state-level policy changes with a special focus on California.


Fabiola is a campaign manager at Paid Leave for the US: PL+US. She works directly with people affected by inadequate access to paid family leave and supports the workplace and public policy programs. She also has previous experience as a birth, postpartum, and abortion doula and is committed to using her public health training to work towards racial and health equity.

Fabiola received her B.A. in Sociology and Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles with an emphasis on maternal and child health.


This lecture is part of a project to gather postpartum traditions, to expose current postpartum realities and to define postpartum justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

Please register here for this upcoming 9/24 event.

Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice.  

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