Saturday, May 03, 2014

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms (President Obama's Support of Working Mothers)




Successful working women keep track of important matters in the news. However, we are not one-dimensional. Some of us also want to keep up with celebrity gossip and fashion news too. Even in the era of the Internet and 24 hour news shows and E!, it can be challenging to keep up with everything.
Fortunately for you, I make it my job to keep up on articles of interest to working moms and when I find notable ones, I share them with you. Below is one that sparked my interest. It questions President Obama’s support of working mothers.

Do Federal Policies Support Working Mothers?

Admittedly, I am a supporter of President Obama. I am also a liberal.  Still, I try to read periodicals from both points of view. It is well documented that President Obama supports equal pay for women.  Indeed, Mr. Obama had Lily Ledbetter, an equal pay activist speak the 2004 Democratic National Convention and the Lily Ledbetter Act was one of the most significant pieces of legislation of his first term. (See, Equal Pay for Equal Work) And, in his most recent State of the Union Address, President Obama said “when women succeed America succeeds.” Indeed, a current White House fact sheet says, “When women succeed, our families succeed and America succeeds. President Obama believes that ensuring that women earn equal pay for equal work is essential to improving the economic security of our families and the growth of our middle class and our economy.”   (See, White House Fact Sheet
These things all suggest that our President is strong proponent of women’s rights. I believe that he is. However, this article suggests otherwise based on the employment policies implemented by the federal government during President Obama’s tenure. Specifically, it discusses the lack of uniform flexible work policies at certain federal agencies. Even though I disagree with the writer’s politics I think it highlights an important point. Working mothers need flexible work policies.  Beginning the discussion is the first step.  The next step for the federal government will be creating a workplace that can serve as an example to corporate America.
“Obama Talks About Pay Gap, but Then Punishes Working Mothers” http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-talks-about-pay-gap-but-then-punishes-working-mother/article/2547277 












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