Sen Dodd, Author of Family and Medical Leave Act, Builds on Record of Results For Women and Families

MANCHESTER - With a thirty-year record of getting results for women and families, Presidential candidate Chris Dodd today unveiled his plan to continue to ensure that women have the economic, health, and educational opportunities that they deserve, and that working parents do not have to choose between the job and income that they need and the family that they love and must support. Dodd is the author of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which has allowed an estimated 50 million workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a new child or a sick family member.

"The United States is leading the world on innovations in science, technology, communication, the list goes on," said Dodd. "But we are still leaps and bounds behind where we ought to be on something so basic - ensuring that women have the same opportunities as men, and that parents are able to maintain their jobs while caring for themselves and their families.

"In a Dodd Administration, these priorities will be where they belong - at the top - and the United States will set an example for the world in the fair and equal treatment of women and families."

Earlier this year, Dodd introduced a bill in the Senate expanding upon his original FMLA plan, providing paid leave for workers who need to take time to care for their loved ones or themselves.

As President, Chris Dodd will create opportunity for women and support them in the choices they make by:


  • Instituting Paid Family and Medical Leave .


  • Ensuring every woman receives a full day's pay for a full day's work .


  • Increasing access to high-quality, affordable child care .


  • Expanding the Child and Earned Income Tax Credits to provide an additional $7 billion in tax relief for working and middle-class families.


  • Making women's health a priority.


Dodd also announced today the 49 members of his "New Hampshire Women for Dodd" steering committee.

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Women for Dodd Steering Committee

Jillian Andrews - Chichester
Arlene Atkinson - Concord
Sherri Basso - Hampton
Dr. .Elizabeth Birnie - Deerfield
Judi Blumenthal - Fremont
Kathryn Braun - Fremont
Andrea Calandrella - Lebanon
Beth Campbell - Concord
Denise Castonguay - Holderness
Janet Cataldo - Hooksett
Shannon Chandley - Amherst
Mary Cook - Dover
Joan Crimlisk - Derry
Hon. Fran Egbers - Former State Representative - Manchester
Mary Lou Grevatt - Gilford
Grace Johnson - Grantham
Kathleen Kelley - School Board Member at Large - Manchester
Pauline Kelley - Manchester
Jane Kelliher - Salem
Patsy Kendall - Plymouth
Cindy Lamagdelaine - Somersworth
Kaili Lambe - Hanover
Lillian Leclerc - Manchester
Peggy Little - Lyme
Mary Mahar - Amherst
Dr. Paula Mahon - Derry
Connie Margowsky - Town Democratic Chair - Somersworth
Zelma McKinney - Manchester
Gail Mitchell - Barrington
Valery Mitchell - Concord
Hon. Marcia Moody - State Representative - Newmarket
Hon. Catherine Mulholland - State Representative - Grafton
Marcie Mullaney - New Boston
Kelsea Perreault - Exeter
Bobbi Ricci - Exeter
Muriel Ring - Somersworth
Hon. Emma Rous - State Representative - Durham
Sue Russel - Chair of Newbury Democratic Committee - Newbury
Laura Simoes - Concord
Hon. Sandra Smith - State Representative - Manchester
Hon. Mary Stuart Gile - State Representative - Concord
Lisa Sullivan - Manchester
Pauline Sullivan - Manchester
Susan Sullivan Simpson - Manchester
Hon. Cynthia Sweeney - Sullivan County Treasurer - Charlestown
Erika Thorsell - City Democratic Chair - Concord
Anna Tilton - Cheshire County Register of Probate - Keene
Barbara Tsairis - Exeter
Cinde Warmington - Gilford