Did you hear the one about the pregnant woman who wasn’t allowed to drink a glass of water on the job?

If only this were an isolated story.

That’s why, for all of us working moms, working dads, and working moms-to-be, we’re lucky to have someone like Dina Bakst working for us to promote and defend our legal rights as working parents.

On this week’s episode of Spawned, Liz has a candid and important talk with Dina, a prominent working families rights activist and founder of A Better Balance, an organization that’s advancing the rights of working families, promoting fairness in the workplace, helping to close the gender and racial pay gaps for women, and helping workers across the economic spectrum care for their families.

This is an important episode. Please take a listen right now to learn more about your rights, helpful resources, what’s getting better for working families…and what’s not.

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Babygate: How to Survive Pregnancy and Parenting in the WorkplaceDina’s book Babygate: How to Survive Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace. (Available through our affiliate Amazon, your library, or your local indie bookstore)

A Better Balance’s Family Resource Guides including a guide to your local and state rights.

Their free legal hotline if you have questions about discrimination and other rights.

Shocking stories of women facing discrimination because of pregnancy.

About the Family Medical Leave Act and your laws, rights and protections by state.

Dina’s New York Times editorial, Pregnant and Pushed out of a Job.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

Help if you’re facing sexual harassment in New York State.

New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2013

Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense Fund)

The only 4 states in America guaranteeing paid family leave

About women and poverty in America

Our Cool Picks of the Week

Battle of the Sexes movie
Dina: Dina highly recommends the movie Battle of the Sexes, profiling the 1973 rivalry between champion tennis players Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. And Liz agrees — she just saw it with her own kids! Highly recommend for watching with mature tweens + teens.  [Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures]

Portrait of Judge Aquilina by T Duryea
Liz: Artist Tina Duryea created this amazing portrait of Judge Aquilina, and Liz highly recommends following her Instagram feed to catch her incredible daily portraits of amazing women, from Sandra Day O’Connor to Carrie Fisher.

Top photo: freestocks.org via unsplash