And not surprisingly, without such policies in place, having a baby is a leading cause of “poverty spells” in our nation. On top of this, women, particularly moms, still don’t get equal pay for equal work. What amounts to discrimination against moms is rampant.
We can do better. And politicians know that. They know women matter, but they’re courting our vote poorly.
Moms want candidates who listen, who speak to the issues that we face each day, and who work toward real solutions for real people. A poll recently conducted by Anzalone Liszt Research found 57 percent of women voters (including 75 percent of Hispanic women and 80 percent of black women, as well as 65 percent of women under 50) say they are more likely to support an elected official who supports paid sick days.
Yet moms have rarely heard their concerns explored meaningfully or specifically by presidential candidates, beyond general platitudes.
In fact, in the over a dozen debates for the Republican presidential nomination, moms heard little, if anything, about access to sick days, affordable childcare, family leave, and other high priority topics that parents deal with every day on Main Streets across our nation – topics that affect not just moms, but dads, families, businesses, and the larger economy.
Politicians ignore these issues at their peril.
Networked moms are powerful, and we’re everywhere. My experience as the co-founder and executive director/CEO of MomsRising, an online network of more than 1 million politically active moms, bears that out. Moms are blogging, they’re connecting on Facebook and Twitter, and they’re taking online action every day to support issues they believe in every day.