When I left my corporate pharmaceutical job to become a small business owner in Lancaster, PA, I never thought of it as a family planning decision. But having run my art gallery for two years now, and given the state of our family leave crisis in this country, I don’t know how I could have another child and keep my business open.
There is simply no support for small business operators to take time away from their business to tend to personal needs (medical leave, parental leave, etc).
That’s why we must pass the FAMILY Act. Passing the FAMILY Act is an urgent need for small businesses like my own. We need a comprehensive family and medical leave law that works for small business owners and our employees. I take pride in being a player in the revitalization of Lancaster, but it shouldn’t have to come at the expense of my goals for my family.
Dreya Moore is co-owner of The Artists Studio and Gallery and half of an environmental artist duo Spindle & Spire in Pennsylvania.
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