For Mother's Day, Sheryl Sandberg Gave the Government a To-Do List to Help Working Parents
Sheryl Sandberg is known not just for being the COO of Facebook but also for being an advocate for women's advancement and equality in the workplace. (You know the phrase "lean in"? That's all her.) On Sunday, the mom of two continued her dedication to the cause when she took to Facebook to write a Mother's Day post that frankly addresses the issues many working moms face—and outlined three ways that the government needs to play a role in creating solutions.
"Being a mother is the most rewarding—and hardest—job many of us will ever have," she began, captioning a picture of her on her wedding day standing alongside her mother and mother-in-law. "The day you become a mom, you also become a caregiver, teacher, nurse, and coach."
She continued by pointing out that a whopping 40 percent of moms are the primary breadwinners in their homes (many of whom are the only ones working) before addressing an upsetting reality: Not all moms work for companies that actively help them balance work and caring for their kids. Instead, she suggested, it's time for the government to step up—and they should do so in three major ways:
1. Raise the federal minimum wage. "To start, it's long past time to raise the federal minimum wage," Sandberg said. "Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women. Raising the wage would reduce pay inequality and help millions of families living in or near poverty."
2. Give all parents paid leave. "We need paid leave. The United States is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn't guarantee paid family leave—and we're the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave," Sandberg wrote. "That means many moms are forced to return to work right after giving birth to keep their jobs. They deserve more support. So do dads, LGBTQ parents, adoptive parents—families of all kinds. All of us will have times when we need to take care of ourselves and our relatives. We shouldn't have to risk losing a job or being able to meet the basic needs of our families to do that."
3. Ensure that childcare is affordable. "And we need affordable child care," she added. "Child care for two children exceeds the median annual rent in all 50 states. How are parents supposed to work if they don't have a safe and affordable place to leave their kids?" Read the full post here:
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