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What Mom really wants for Mother’s Day

As we celebrate Mother's Day, I want to take a moment to reflect on the invaluable role that mothers, parents, and caregivers play in our lives and what we can do to best support them.

One of the first things that comes to mind is paid family leave and similar programs that allow families to be together.

At some point, nearly every person needs to take time away from work for a serious illness or injury, or to care for a child or family member. No one should have to choose between a paycheck and caring for themselves or someone they love.

Fortunately, Washington is one of the eleven states that have passed paid family and medical leave legislation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that only about 24% of the private sector workforce has access to paid family leave.

I am working in Congress to fix that and provide better work-life balance for families:

Paid family leave is not just good for families — it also helps businesses.

Paid family leave yields higher employee retention rates, and reduces turnover costs for businesses. It also promotes gender equality and diversity in the workplace by leveling the playing field for those bearing the brunt of caregiving responsibilities. When everyone has the support needed to balance work and family, they can fully participate in the workforce, driving innovation and productivity.

As we celebrate Mother's Day, we should honor the mothers and caregivers in our lives and advocate for policies like paid family leave that support them and their families.

Together, we can create a more equitable and prosperous society for all.


Posted on May 12, 2024.