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An attorney dedicated to promoting the rights of all workers, Dina Bakst is co-founder and co-president of A Better Balance, a legal advocacy organization leading the charge for policies that advance workers rights, promote fairness in the workplace, and help workers across the economic spectrum care for themselves and their families without risking their jobs. Here, she shares how she came to dedicate her life’s work to the idea that workplace equity is a necessary and fundamental right for all Americans.
“When I became a mother, my perspective on women’s rights broadened. I really began to see how difficult it was, not just to be a woman in the workplace but also to be a mother in the workplace. I began speaking with workers in America who are literally one sick child away from losing their job, who are one complicated pregnancy away from homelessness. These are not just economic justice issues. These are maternal health issues, they’re reproductive health issues, and they are racial justice issues. And that’s what A Better Balance is fighting for every day.”
– Dina Bakst
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