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Old July 23rd, 2015, 03:56 PM   #1
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America Leads Developed World in Treating Working Moms Like Crap

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Laura Browder is the latest example of how harsh America can be on working mothers. When an employer called the Houston mother of two to meet up for a job interview, she didn’t have time to line up childcare. Browder ended up taking her 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter with her to the interview location, a local mall, where she kept an eye on her kids from 30 feet away.

Moments after she landed the gig, a cop arrested Browder for child abandonment. Though she was later released, the arrest was an unfriendly reminder of the tough calls moms often have to make.

“Mothers constantly have to do mental cost-benefit analysis like this,” Stacia L. Brown, founder of the blog Beyond Baby Momas, told AlterNet. “We bear the brunt of chastisement when we make tough calls like Browder did, but we can only be in one place at a time. According to her account, the children were within her line of vision the whole time they were seated in the food court. The alternative to not bringing her children to the mall so that she could interview would have been losing an opportunity to secure a livable wage for her family.”

Though Browder’s arrest was a daycare issue, it is part of a larger problem. Women make up nearly 50 percent of America’s workforce and 40 percent of household breadwinners, yet they have few of the protections mothers in other rich countries enjoy. America is the only country in the developed world that doesn’t offer guaranteed paid paternity or maternity leave to workers. Only 12 percent of U.S. workers reportedly have such coverage, but it is usually a benefit provided through employer insurance.

At least seven in 10 mothers with children younger than 18 were in the workforce in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center. Yet, America is quite hostile toward its working mothers. Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of momsrising.org, says part of the problem is that most policymakers can’t relate to the issues moms face. More than 80 percent of the 114th Congress is male, a figure Rowe-Finkbeiner says explains why lawmakers don’t see childcare access as an urgent issue.
Yeah, when it comes to being last on the list of all things that make a nation great and all indications that citizens are valued, the US, under the republican party, has been there last in most categories except the most locked up people, the highest money spent on weapons and the highest number of deaths by guns.
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So your telling us, it's everyone's responsibility to babysit for working moms? Let's see, I hire a woman, pay the woman for that job, and somehow her family becomes my responsibility as an employer?...How did you arrive at that? Why would anyone presume that a job entitles you to anymore than the job pays?
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Yeah, when it comes to being last on the list of all things that make a nation great and all indications that citizens are valued, the US, under the republican party, has been there last in most categories except the most locked up people, the highest money spent on weapons and the highest number of deaths by guns.
Women should not have children if they don't have the means to take care of them and work.
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Women should not have children if they don't have the means to take care of them and work.
Well, there goes the conservative meme of family values right out the window.

Does that philosophy apply to women who are forced to have a baby because they were denied access to an abortion?

My last question to you would be, so does that mean that those other countries value life, and family values more than conservatives in America do?
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Well, there goes the conservative meme of family values right out the window.

Does that philosophy apply to women who are forced to have a baby because they were denied access to an abortion?

My last question to you would be, so does that mean that those other countries value life, and family values more than conservatives in America do?
Maybe they should stop getting pregnant in the first place if they are not equipped to take care of the child.
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But it doesn’t appear that many states are taking childcare seriously. Illinois is reportedly running out of money for childcare subsidies because the state legislature underfunded the budget by $300 million last year. In North Carolina, thousands of low-income families lost childcare subsidies under the state’s new eligibility requirements last year. Parents in Alabama face cuts to their state-supported childcare subsidies.
When the government does care about children, who does? Corporations in the US are so far more punitive and anti-humanity than in other nations BECAUSE of the laws from the government in other nations.
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