Mother's Day: Top 10 states for working moms

2. Connecticut (A-)

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Peg Oliveira, left, and her partner Jennifer Vickery celebrate their marriage, holding their daughter Willow, shortly after the two were married outside New Haven City Hall in New Haven, Conn., in 2008. The state's FMLA applies to same-sex couples.

Connecticut's FMLA law allows for 16 weeks off in a 24-month period, instead of 12 weeks in 12 months, which is particularly helpful for maternity leave.

Parenting laws also apply to same-sex couples, since same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut. Federal FMLA law does not.

Pregnant women protected are under Connecticut’s antidiscrimination law and enjoy flexible use of sick leave. Both public and private sector workplaces offer workplace nursing rights for an unspecified period of time after childbirth. Job-protected medical leave for pregnancy disability is required of businesses with three or more employees.

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About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

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We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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