The Mother PAC: A new kind of political action in Oregon
If you're a mom, whether you work in the house or outside of it, taking care of kids or for pay elsewhere (or all of the above!), you've likely felt the rub between work and family somewhere along the line. We've sure talked about it on Activistas! Some of us have even participated in local discussion groups about "The Economics of Motherhood." And the mainstream press is all over it.
Shoot, with motherhood being the single biggest predictor of poverty in old age in the US, and the wage gap between mothers and women without children growing wider than the one between men and women, this is an issue whose time has not only come, it is (no pun intended) long overdue.
Tired (so tired) of waiting for change...
Rather than keep waiting (in vain, it seems), a bunch of Oregon mothers (some of whom you probably know!) recently got together and decided we're tired of waiting for someone else to solve this problem, to move our state forward. Tired of waiting for Salem to pass the strong laws that we know - from personal or professional experience - that our families need to survive and thrive. Basic policies like paid family leave, paid sick days, flexible work opportunities, equal pay for mothers, equal rights for all families, and the list goes on.... and on... and on. As you might imagine.
So we created a Political Action Committee (yes, a "PAC"). It's called, appropriately, The Mother PAC. Because it's run by mothers. Period.
Please JOIN US to launch & learn on October 15th
Please join us (and bring some friends) to officially launch this effort in October. We'll be at Ecotrust in downtown Portland on Friday, October 15th from 6-8 PM. And while it is, of course, a fundraiser (what self-respecting PAC would host an event and NOT raise $), it is also an opportunity to learn what we're up to, get involved (why not host your own house party???), eat and drink together, and hear from our keynote speaker, Moms Rising.org's co-founder and current Executive Director, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner.
Together, mothers are letting our representatives know - loud and clear - that strong policies for Oregon families are front and center on our voting minds.