Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) speaks at a Labor Department forum on working families last May. Gillibrand gave birth to her second son while a member of the U.S. House in 2008.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) speaks at a Labor Department forum on working families last May. Gillibrand gave birth to her second son while a member of the U.S. House in 2008.

Parental leave policies vary widely in workplaces across the nation. Some offer generous paid time off for parents of both genders, while others offer none. The wide range of policies are reflected throughout Congress’ halls, where each lawmaker’s office makes its own policy. The effects reverberate through the surrounding neighborhood, where a growing number of families are choosing to raise their children. We consider the opportunities and challenges faced by Hill staffers and area families in attempts to achieve work-life balance.

Guests

  • Rebecca Gale Editor/ Writer, Roll Call; author "Hill Navigator" blog, rollcall.com; Former Hill staffer
  • Emily Berman Reporter, WAMU Metro Connection
  • Chris Gaston Former Chief of Staff, former Congressman Rush Holt

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