“The working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid. The sacrifice of either comes at a great cost,” she said.
Meghan Markle used her considerable platform this week as an opportunity to speak on behalf of working mothers across the country who need more support on a federal level.
Back in August, the mother of two used her 40th birthday as an opportunity to launch her 40×40 initiative which encouraged the general public to spend at least 40 minutes of their day supporting all the women returning to work in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
She took things a step further Wednesday by penning an open letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer arguing for comprehensive, national paid leave to address the fact that the pandemic saw women leaving the workforce in record numbers.
“Over the past 20 months, the pandemic has exposed long-existing fault lines in our communities,” Markle writes, in the letter published by Paid Leave for All. “At an alarming rate, millions of women dropped out of the workforce, staying home with their kids as schools and daycares were closed, and looking after loved ones full-time. The working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid….