Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, who was elected in 1992 as a self-described “mom in tennis shoes,” has been fighting for paid family and medical leave for decades. For much of this year, she appeared to be winning. So its defeat from a social spending package Thursday stung Murray and other veteran female lawmakers.
Tricia Olson gave birth to her son and was back on the job three weeks later. Like most Americans, she doesn't get paid family leave, and she's among the 40 percent who don't qualify for unpaid leave.