By Nancy Morrill
BCWAC President Emerita
As an aging feminist, I can look back and say that June 23 was an historic day in the history of Presidential leadership. President Barack Obama actually verbalized the need – based on his own experience as a man, husband and father – for child care in this country, for paid sick leave for women (and men), for workplace flexibility policies and for equal pay for equal work.
Imagine: Maybe the time has come for recognition and implementation of these common sense, no-brainer policies?
Last Monday’s White House Summit on Working Families shed light (hopefully) for business leaders and working people to come together in a non-partisan manner to provide the incentives for good, strong healthy families by reducing the stresses on women and their families.
We all will be more productive, more loyal, happier, and more stress-free if our kids are cared for in quality, affordable and accessible child care facilities (i.e. at work). And if there are family-friendly policies in the work place. And if the minimum wage is raised, if the tip wages are raised, and if the economic self-sufficiency standard is raised.
I commend the President for issuing a memorandum calling for all federal agencies to offer flexible work policies. Let’s hope the state and local governmental agencies, non-profit sector and the business community follow suit.
By the way, the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition participated in Pennsylvania, along with six other states, in a run-up pre-conference to the White House Summit…another reason to be a Partner with us in a larger, national movement!