Brad Avakian for Oregon Secretary of State

2016 is a BIG election year and not just because of the Presidential election in November. Oregonians have important races to determine right here at home, too, from local city and county races all the way on up to Governor. Over the next several months, we’ll let you know whom we’re endorsing for a range […]

A new day. A new Governor.

Today is a new day. With a new Governor for Oregon. We are really looking forward to working with Governor Kate Brown. Given her significant experience in Oregon governance and her track record on the issues we care about (we endorsed her as Secretary of State in 2012), we are confident that she will be […]

Election 2014 | A note from our Director

We’ve had a few days to ponder the election results — both here in Oregon and nationally. And of course there’s good news and bad news, things to celebrate and things to figure out how to do better next time.

As a Mother PAC supporter, you probably want to know how our endorsed candidates and ballot measures fared. We’re pretty pleased that of the 58 candidates we endorsed this November, 42 (possibly 43) won! That’s a 72% success rate! Click here to read the rest of the letter:

#FairShot, because the 19th century is so over.

Big News!!

We’re super excited to share the news with you: this morning The Mother PAC helped launch an awesome new campaign called FAIR SHOT OREGON to help women and working families get ahead, not just get by.


Because too many of us are struggling with: Stagnant wages. No benefits. Zero retirement savings. Steep childcare costs. Not enough money for gas. Tight food budgets. Pay inequality.

And we want to know where Oregon candidates stand on these issues!

Our testimony: In favor of gun safety


No Summer Break for Working Parents

Susan Nielsen of The Oregonian is right to point out the summer conundrum that working American parents face every year when trying to responsibly provide and care for their children (“After hunt for summer child care, I need a vacation,” April 8, 2013). She quotes Nancy Hauth, who oversees after-school care and other programs for Portland Public Schools: “Parents do keep working during the summer. It’s frustrating that we haven’t figured this out.”

Session’s In: Contact Your Legislators!


Some Thoughts On “Leaning In”

Like many women who follow women’s issues and the increasingly common national work-family policy discussions, we’ve been following the conversation about Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, “Lean In,” and the firestorm of reactions she and it are generating. Of all the feedback we’ve seen, we like these the best:

Help us ban BPA in Multnomah County!

Moms from around the county are coming out to a public hearing tomorrow to show their support for a BPA ban that will ensure that kids are no longer exposed to BPA in the products we use to feed them. If you can’t join us, will you back us up by making some calls to […]

The High Cost of Child Care

I’ll never forget that first check I wrote to pay for child care. It was so much money! Did you know that in Oregon, child care often costs more than college tuition? That’s right. Full-time infant and toddler care, for example, costs an average of $10,392 a year, while college tuition averages $6,790. And we have 18 or so years to sock money away for college! Not so for child care, which many of us start paying for as soon as six weeks after birth.  A shocking reality for most new parents. Read the rest.