The United States is "the only advanced country on Earth" that doesn’t guarantee "paid maternity leave to our workers."
— Barack Obama on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 in the State of the Union address
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year. It is also referred to as International Working Women’s Day. Since I am a working mom on a quest for balance in stilettos, I have to pay homage to this day on this blog.
As I have said a number of times, workplace equality is the premier issue of our time.
America is making progress with workplace equality
Fortunately, recent developments suggest that we are making progress. Since last year our president has made addressing issues facing working families a priority. The White House has issued “Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility” and hosted the White House Summit on Working Families. Also, President Obama declared a commitment to working families in his latest State of the Union Address.
There is momentum. The White House’s message has been heard by politicians from Seattle to Pittsburgh. Indeed, the city and county government in Allegheny County have decided to provide 6 week paid maternity leave to its workers. This isn’t everything, but it is a great start.
Here's to women!