WOMEN & MONEY & Everything else
Paid family leave has never been on a state ballot — until this year
By Soo Youn in The Lily
‘The rest of the country will be watching’
This election season, paid leave is on the ballot in Colorado.
As voters cast ballots for national, state and local candidates, they will also be asked to vote on Proposition 118, to create a paid family and medical leave program. If passed, it would be the ninth state, plus D.C., to do so.
This is the first time it has been directly on a state ballot. In the past, it has always originated from a state legislature or, in the case of D.C., the city council.
If passed, workers in Colorado could expect up to 12 weeks of paid leave, with an additional four weeks for qualifying childbirth or pregnancy complications. (Voters in Colorado will also decide whether to ban abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions only if the person’s life is in immediate danger.) CLICK FOR MORE
On Election Day, a Performance Remembers a Woman Who Fled Enslavement
in Hyperallergic, by Valentina Di Liscia
Starting at Seneca Village and ending at the Manhattan Trump Hotel, artist Dragonfly honored the legacy of Ona Maria Judge Staines, who escaped from George and Martha Washington’s enslavement.
In recent months, the national conversation has focused largely on taking historical figures off the pedestal, as Confederate monuments come down and institutions drop names that index oppressive power. Just as important, however, is the dialogue around who should be remembered. On a momentous Election Day yesterday, a roving street performance in New York City commemorated someone who too many Americans may not be familiar with: Ona Maria Judge Staines, a formerly enslaved woman who courageously fled from George and Martha Washington in 1796.
Artist Robin Laverne Wilson, known as Dragonfly, conceived of her performance “Absconded” to honor Judge’s legacy by creating a living monument. Dressed in the garb of Judge, Dragonfly walked the streets of upper Manhattan, activating and engaging with historical landmarks and elements of the urban landscape that signal America’s history of chattel slavery and its insistent echoes in the present. CLICK FOR MORE
Sallie Krawcheck’s women-focused investment startup expands to debit cards and a membership model
in Ellevest – ellevesting Financial Services
The last financial crisis helped transform former top Wall Street executive Sallie Krawcheck into an entrepreneur. The current one seems to be turning her back into a banker—though of a less traditional type.
Ellevest, the women-focused wealth-management startup that Krawcheck cofounded in 2014, is expanding its financial products and launching a new membership model that will provide customers with debit cards and bank accounts for a monthly fee starting at $1. The shift is part of a new effort by the New York company, which has historically competed against the robo-advisers and wealth managers used by higher-income investors, to attract a larger, and broader, customer base.
“We want to be absolutely as approachable as possible,” Krawcheck, Ellevest’s CEO, tells Fortune in an interview. “Our reason for being is to get more money in the hands of women—and part of that mission is, Who needs us? It’s people who in many cases aren’t ready to invest.” CLICK FOR MORE