Here’s our full interview with Michelle O and Jill B on women, work and Sara Palin! We could only fit a third of it on GMA, but the rest is worth listening to. I was struck by how hard this economy is on women especially–who are trying to figure out how to take care of parents, children and save what little they can. For so many women these days the issue about balancing work and kids isn’t as much about balance as it is the sheer economics of it all. There’s no choice but to work–and that makes having some flexibility from employers all the more critical. If you don’t have the luxury of part-time or not working at all, how wonderful it would be to at least know you can attend your kids’ plays or sports events, or make it to parent-teacher conferences. Or get home at a decent hour.
But the question is–how much can government help? Obama and Biden would say it can help by expanding the family and medical leave act to include sick days, by pushing equal pay legislation, by ensuring health-care. In many ways though, women’s lives could be helped as much by creative corporate thinking–policies that promote flexibility and a healthy work-life situation.
What do you think?