Of mother's day & elections
On Saturday, May 1st: I grabbed the May issue of Metro Parent and read a great article with an (even better?) title: "A Mother's Place is in the House... and Senate! How Female Politicians Nurture Family-Friendly Policies."
Coincidence? Perhaps. Fortuitous? Absolutely.
How we vote, of course, has loads of implications for everything from war to wave energy to pumping breast milk in the (probably dark) broom closet at work ... and beyond. I don't know about you, but I want my votes to let candidates know that how they approach the public policies that affect families is key to winning my vote.
Of course we all have our top issues - environment, jobs, education, health care, etc.... Mine just happens to be work-family policy (OK, and toxics). But even if it's not yours, I think it's very worth adding to your 'top 10' list. If you, too, want to live in an Oregon where workers (and our grown children) have access to paid family leave and paid sick days and can find convenient, high-quality childcare that's actually affordable (among other things), it makes good sense to vote for the candidates who will make that a reality.
Unfortunately, there's no candidate scorecard for this yet (that I know of) - maybe someday soon. So for now, it's easy to just pick up the phone and simply ask them this:
"What's in your platform to support Oregon families during your first/next term in elected office? Paid family leave? Paid sick days? Any ideas on making childcare more affordable and consistently high quality?"
The more they hear from us, the more likely they are to support progressive family policies. Just raising these issues makes a difference. Maybe they don't know that child care costs as much as a college education - even though we all do.
- Read the May Metro Parent article about mothers & politics (p. 26).
- Family Forward Oregon is an excellent local resource. They are building a family-friendly economy in Oregon that values and supports the work of caring for children and families. They offer an informative discussion course/action group, called the Economics of Motherhood, for those wanting to explore the topic more.
- Also, there's a mom-driven Political Action Committee (yes, a Mom PAC) in the works to support the Oregon candidates we need to move our "mamagenda" forward. Interested? Email them.
[Thanks to Flickr CC & kainr for the familar gray clouds and shiny Gold Man atop the Oregon state capitol]