In a recent interview with Maria Shriver, she shares a study by the Milken Institute that indicates over 50% of American moms today are living paycheck to paycheck. Why? She says businesses and government still don't understand how hard they're making it for women to be care-givers and earn a paycheck. Specifically, they assume poor people aren't working or choose to stay home, when in reality, they're juggling the responsibilities of caring for children, aging parents, and the demands of jobs that aren't flexible enough to meet their needs. Given research shows many workplace benefits have actually decreased over the last 20 years, Shriver says moms have had to find ways to survive - and they're about to show it.
Move Over Soccer Moms, The Resilient Mom Has Something To Say
In the interview, Shriver points out, "there are way more women than men voting today and this presidential election will be decided by women." She also shares that most businesses and elected officials don't realize the mom sitting in the cubicle down the hall from them working hard is living paycheck to paycheck. Their assumption is, "if she's working, she's doing okay." However, the study shows these women are not doing okay and plan to vote for someone who understands their situation.
Shriver explains, "Over the years, we've heard a lot about the Security Moms and the Soccer Moms, this is the image of the Resilient Mom. A mother who says, "Corporate America might be making it tough, I'm not getting what I need from the government, but I'm going to make it - and I'm going to vote.""
3 Benefits That Working Moms Want Back
The study shows while flex-time benefits have increased, sick time, healthcare, and job sharing have all decreased in the last 20 years. Given many working moms are not only caring for children, but aging parents as well, the study suggests the lack of these benefits for women continues to cripple their ability to get ahead.
What do you think? Will the Resilient Mom have an impact on the election? Is there a way to get these benefits back? Or, do we need a different strategy to help today's working mom stop living paycheck to paycheck? I'd love to hear your comments below.