A mothers’ advocacy group planned a big demonstration next week at senate offices, but forgot August recess is in session and the the Hill will be empty.
MomsRising, the advocacy group, planned a demonstration complete with mothers and their children in strollers to hand deliver a letter to senators and breastmilk bags filled with gold Hershey’s Kisses next Monday. The demonstration, hosted in the Hart Senate Office Building lobby, is supposed to bring awareness to the lack of accommodations for breastfeeding in work places, according to a press release.
The only problem is the senators the women want to speak to won’t even be there. During August, the Senate shuts down so senators can go home, meet with their constituents and relax. Now it seems that the women and children will be delivering their letters to empty offices.
“MomsRising will also deliver an open letter to Senators signed by over 13,000 moms from across the country urging lawmakers to support mothers and their babies by expanding protections for breastfeeding moms who work outside of the home. Additionally, the MomsRising members will be delivering breastmilk storage bag filled with gold Hershey’s Kisses representing their ‘liquid gold,’” the press release stated.
“Airplane bathrooms. Parked cars. Utility closets. A cubicle with absolutely no privacy. These are just some of the places that breastfeeding moms have had to pump breastmilk because they didn’t have access to proper accommodations at work,” explained Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, the executive director of MomsRising. “Studies have shown that breastfeeding means healthier moms and babies, and the benefits extend to businesses too because healthier families mean less employee absenteeism and higher productivity.”
The event also might not be inclusive to transgender men or transgender women–the press release lacks any mention as to whether trans women can enter these “safe spaces” or are affected by the breastfeeding issue.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the group for additional comment, but received none in time for publication.
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