First Lady Michelle Obama attended the Corporate Voices Annual Partners meeting at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington this morning. We’ll provide more details about her inspirational and very thoughtful comments on issues involving working families in upcoming posts, but here is an overview from New York Times reporter Rachel Swarns. Her blog post is titled “The First Lady Promotes Aid for Working Families.”
First Lady Michelle Obama discussed her own struggles as a working mother on Thursday, and urged the nation’s corporations to help working parents balance the demands of work and family.
Mrs. Obama, a Harvard-educated lawyer and a former corporate executive, said she knew well “the challenges of leading a busy life at work and at home, trying to do a good job at both and always feeling like you’re not quite living up to either.’’
She described the hardships faced by parents who lack paid sick leave, single parents forced to work several jobs and two-parent households where both parents must work to get by.
Supporting working parents is one of Mrs. Obama’s top priorities and she urged companies to support such families with paid sick leave, maternity leave and flexible work schedules.
“Twenty-two million working women don’t have a single paid sick day; that means they lose money any time they have to stay home to take care of their kids,’’ said Mrs. Obama, who was addressing the eighth annual meeting of Corporate Voices for Working Families, a group that represents about 50 companies and focuses on helping employees better balance work and family.