being a mom
10 Things Society Owes All Moms In 2015
It’s a new year, which means I get to demand all the things I want for women and the world needs to listen, god damn it! 2014 dragged in a lot of garbage – Hobby Lobby, abortion restrictions, celebrities discussing feminism – and it’s time to clean house in 2015. Some of these are serious, some are silly – but all are things moms deserve in the coming 52 weeks.
1. Affordable, subsidized child care.
According to the NY Times, employment rates are higher in countries with generous, subsidized childcare like Sweden and Norway. A system that supports families and parents will lead to a stronger workforce – and happier, healthier citizens. Come on, government!
2. Paid maternity and parental leave.
America is the only developed country without paid maternity leave written into national law. It’s absurd and an insult to hardworking parents.
3. More movies and TV shows with women. Period.
We make up half the population, we should make up half of what we see in entertainment. And all of it must pass the Bechdel test, or we ain’t watchin’.
4. More dude butts on TV.
Or chick butts. Whatever you’re into. But we deserve butts. As long as they’re delivered via the female gaze, a la Outlander, I’ll take it.
5. Comfortable, inviting places to breast and bottle feed your kids.
There is a mall near my house with a giant mothers’ room filled with couches, chairs, TVs and kid toys. It has four private changing rooms, each with a comfy rocking chair, where you can strip a kid of a dirty diaper or nurse a baby in private. I love this mall, and give it ALL my business, because of these things. Support moms and you get our money It’s a no brainer.
This is even more important for moms at work, who deserve stress-free environments in which to pump. No closets or bathrooms! Give moms a warm, inviting space they can call their own.