Family & Medical Leave Act of 1993
The Women’s Legal Defense fund had started making a bill that would require employers to grant maternity leave in 1984. They started a coalition called the Family and Medical Leave Coalition. “Early members of the Family and Medical Leave Coalition included feminist law professors, the Association of Junior Leagues, the Children's Defense Fund, and the League of Women Voters. Over time it grew to include the American Association of Retired Persons, Alzheimer's Association, Catholic Conference, Hadassah, United Steelworkers of America, American Academy of Pediatrics, and more than 100 other groups focused on women, children and seniors, and on issues of labor, disability, religion, and civil rights.” Their nine-year campaign gained support using their common ground with politicians regarding their family values. They used employer who advocated for FMLA, and family members who shared their stories to add some reality and empathy to the issue.