As I was reviewing the Working Families Summit yesterday, I began to shout for the rights of working families. I recall my days at a 9 to 5 was not easy. The stipulations were stressful for a young mother like myself. Part of my decision leaving my job was due to the fact that my supervisor was not understanding, made it hard to enjoy my little baby girl.  When I returned from maternity leave it was as if my supervisor was waiting for me to stumble.  Constant complaints about the half days I had to take off and many times waiting at the door of my office to remind me that I was late again.   Nevermind the fact that I had doctors appointments that I would rush to.  Lateness due to the anxiety of being late, which often times resulted from a calm to chaotic morning.

Rushing to get in the car only to have forgotten to put a nursing pad on my breast and now my shirt has a big wet spot, or because the baby decided to have an explosion in her diaper as I am warming up the car, and even wearing mismatch shoes, because I dressed myself in the dark.  Then to arrive at work with a dragon in a suit with red eyes and smoke coming from her nose ready to ask me a million questions before I put my purse down.

Although I am no longer challenged with these concerns as much, I thank God it is being proactively addressed at the Working Families Summit. Hold on families’ help is on the way.

On Monday June 23, 1014, Pres. Obama urged Congress and employers to adopt family friendly policies, insisting that “paid leave and quality child care are basic needs for today’s workforce and good for business.”

All too often, these issues are thought of as women’s issues ….But anything that makes life harder for women makes life harder for families.
– President Obama

Facts: Women make up more than half the skilled workforce and are often the primary breadwinners in their families. Women are also ruling in the small business sector as well. Pres. Obama feels that workforce policies aimed at helping families are not only a “women’s issue,” arguing instead that it is a family concern.

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“Every single day, there are conversations around the kitchen table where people are trying to figure out, this child care is costing so much, I’m not sure that we’re going to be able to make our mortgage at the end of the month,” the President said to Kate Bolduan of CNN’s “New Day.” “There are folks who are saying, ‘Little Johnny is sick, but if I don’t show up at my job, because I don’t have paid family leave, we’re not going to be able to pay the electricity bill.’ ”

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