For a lot of women in this country, the status quo means trying to earn enough for your family while spending less and less time with them. It means living paycheck to paycheck while praying you don't get sick. The political classes of both parties have failed women and working families in this country.
At one point or another, we all will have to separate from our baby, no matter what age they are. That being said, some parents are forced to do this in an unfathomable amount of time. When we look at an average leave being 6-12 weeks of unpaid leave in the United States, for many, that would be a gift.
I conducted my doctoral dissertation research on stay-at-home mothers' experiences of career exit, stay-at-home motherhood, and career reentry. Each woman had her own experience and circumstance that led to her career exit. The good news is that there are ways that organizations can better retain their working mothers with the help of improved structures and policies at the governmental level.
My opponent described her volunteer work at a local school and how angry she was at the mothers who didn't come to pick up their kids when the school called to say they were sick. "I'm angry, too," I said. "But why are you angry at the moms and not at the boss who would fire them or dock their pay if they answered that call?"