The FQ Equality News 5.10.19
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we’re celebrating the essential role that female figures play in our lives and giving all women the credit they deserve — every single day.
The married mom penalty and the division of domestic labor. It turns out that married mothers who cohabitate with a male partner spend more time on housework and childcare than their single-mom counterparts, according to a new study. The reason? Marriage is still an institution that causes women to conform to societal expectations around gender in the home. “Our findings suggest that it is not just an additional pair of hands that is important,” the authors write. “To whom those hands belong also matters.”
Making every mother count. Senator Cory Booker and Rep. Ayanna Pressley introduced a bill in the Senate and House named the MOMMIES Act (short for Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 700 women die yearly in the U.S. because of delivery complications and pregnancy. The MOMMIES Act aims to combat the maternal mortality crisis in the U.S. by extending the period of time that Medicaid covers postpartum women.
Subscription infant formula to provide more freedom. Advances in technology are removing barriers (e.g. breastfeeding) that make returning to work more challenging for new mothers. Breast pump startups in Silicon Valley like Willow and Elvie have raised a combined total of nearly $90 million in the past five years. On Mother’s Day, Laura Modi and Sara Hardy will officially launch Bobbie. Bobbie will deliver infant formula made of better ingredients through a subscription service. The founders hope to go national in the fall.
Working mothers face the maternal wall. While the gender pay gap is decreasing, the pay gap for working mothers in the U.S. is on the rise. Maternal stereotyping in the workplace, termed “the maternal wall,” prevents women from ascending the corporate ladder. It’s time to recognize motherhood as a strength, rather than a weakness.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome a baby boy. On Monday, May 6, the royal couple announced the arrival of their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. In his first appearance as a new father, Prince Harry told reporters, “It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.
The FQ Buzz. For more on balancing career and family, don’t miss this recent Forbes article by Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient, on why work-life integration is the new norm.
Don’t forget to spread the love. Need a last-minute gift for Mother’s Day on Sunday? There’s still time! Show the mother figures in your life that you care with a gift that keeps on giving.
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