Michelle Obama is a happily married woman and mother of two who just happens to be First Lady of the United States. Her husband Barack Obama campaigned on a message of change, and that, apparently, is what mothers are expecting Mrs. Obama to bring about as far as how working mothers are currently treated in America. Can Michelle deliver?
For starters, according to Reuters, mothers want “maternity leave. Affordable child-care. Flexible work arrangements.” I learned something that I was not aware of by the article, btw. I was not aware that women did not get paid when they were out on maternity leave. I thought that was what I read in the article. Is that correct? How is that even possible? I think there was a mistake in the Reuters article. I am pretty certain that women get paid when they are out on maternity leave. Right? I mean, they do, right???
But, so. Okay. Divorced moms. I did a post back in November called, The Mommy Track: How divorce redefines motherhood, which you can read here: http://www.divorcesaloon.com/the-mommy-track-how-divorce-redefines-motherhood I am sure whatever challenges moms with partners face, divorced moms and single moms can just multiple that by at least 5. They probably more than married women need flexible work arrangements and affordable child care. But divorced women probably also have some unique concerns, such as re-entering the workforce after an extended absence, or, perhaps, entering the workforce for the first time. Some may even worry that they may lose their jobs because of the divorce http://www.divorcesaloon.com/divorce-and-your-career-can-you-lose-your-job-by-ending-a-marriage. Still others may worry that by virtue of being working moms they could lose custody of their kids http://www.divorcesaloon.com/should-kelly-rutherford-lose-custody-of-her-kids-just-because-she-is-a-working-mom. And yet others worry about the stigma, the loss of status they face as a result of the divorce. http://www.divorcesaloon.com/does-divorce-lower-your-status-in-society
Also, divorced women who find themselves suddenly single and having to make ends meet are uniquely challenged even in terms of budgeting for their new life: http://www.divorcesaloon.com/suddenly-single-how-to-make-ends-meet-after-a-divorce
A corporate attorney who used to be the main bread winner in her family before her husband’s political career took a turn for the historic books, I know Mrs. Obama understands at least some of the challenges of working mothers in America. I think this is a great cause for her to hitch her wagon to. I think that whether single, divorced or married, most working moms would have similar concerns overall – concerns that Michelle Obama can certainly relate to.
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