Obama: Moms Shouldn’t Have To Choose Between Higher Wages And Staying At Home With Their Child
Speaking in Rhode Island, President Barack Obama said that women should not have to choose between leaving the workplace to take care of their child and earning a earning a lower wage when she returns to work.
Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. And that’s not a choice we want Americans to make.
The remarks come after Obama quickly backtracked earlier in the week when he implied that Michelle Obama doesn’t work. “I mean, I should point out, she is working really hard now as first lady and doesn’t get paid, but that’s a whole other thing. But — because I didn’t want her to think, like, what, I’m not working? Michelle works. I promise you.”
[h/t Weekly Standard]
This story has been updated.