Risa Kaufman Views Work-Family Policy as Human Rights Issue

A letter to the editor authored by former Skadden Fellow Risa Kaufman (’98) was published in The New York Times (“Gender Equality,” Feb. 22). Risa said a Sunday Review article, “Why Gender Equality Stalled,” “rightly asserts that we must start seeing work-family policy as a human rights issue.” Risa described the United States’ failure to ensure paid sick and paid family leave as counter to “widely accepted human rights norms,” adding, “If the United States seeks to encourage positive labor practices and gender equality in countries around the world, it must begin by ensuring such protections at home.” Risa is executive director of the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and the vice chairwoman and a co-founder of A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center.