On Saturday, President Obama’s weekly address to the nation focused on one of our greatest, and most under-appreciated, resources: Moms. After thanking Michelle and her mother for doing such an incredible job of raising Malia and Sasha, the president went on to thank mothers all over the country for their hard work.
But, being as this is Obama and he’s amazing, he wasn’t just paying lip service:
“We ask our mothers to do more than their fair share of just about everything,” Mr. Obama said in a video released Saturday. “Making sure they’re treated fairly is the least we can do.”
Among other programs, the president emphasized the need to ensure women were given equal pay, access to health care, sick leave, accommodations if they’re pregnant and “a decent minimum wage.”
“Through deeds that match our words, let’s give mothers the respect they deserve, give all women the equality they deserve and give all parents the support they need in their most important roles,” he said.
America is one of the only countries in the world that doesn’t have mandatory paid maternity leave. That’s not just the industrialized world, I’m talking about the ENTIRE world. Even countries that we not-at-all condescending Americans consider to be backwater hellholes filled with uncivilized savages (like Canada), have mandatory paid maternity leave.
In a country that claims to revere the family above all, maybe it’s time we showed our mothers the respect they’ve more than earned by treating them as equals.
Here’s President Obama’s Mother’s Day greeting:
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