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FB COO Sheryl Sandberg: Increase Minimum Wages & Improve Parental Policies

FB COO Sheryl Sandberg: Increase Minimum Wages & Improve Parental Policies

In honor of Mother’s Day, COO Sheryl Sandberg issued a special note asking companies to work towards improving their parental labor policies, particularly for working mothers.

In her note, Sandberg says, “To start, it’s long past time to raise the federal minimum wage. Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women. Raising the wage would reduce pay inequality and help millions of families living in or near poverty.

Furthermore, Sandberg added that companies should be looking to provide paid leave to both mothers & fathers to look after their children, “LGBTQ parents, adoptive parents — families of all kinds. All of us will have times when we need to take care of ourselves and our relatives. We shouldn’t have to risk losing a job or being able to meet the basic needs of our families to do that.

Sandberg pointed out the need of the hour to also include finding ways of making child care affordable. Speaking on the same she said, “How are parents supposed to work if they don’t have a safe and affordable place to leave their kids?

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Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg. Source: Vogue

Last year, for Mother’s Day, Sandberg had wrote about her tribulations as a single mother, while dealing with the sudden death of her husband – “I think we all owe it to single mothers to recognize that the world does not make it easy for them, especially for those who struggle to make ends meet.

In conversation with USA Today, Sandberg noted, “I posted publicly on Mother’s Day last year that I think I didn’t fully appreciate what it was to be a single mother. I certainly wrote about it in Lean In but I also wrote a whole chapter called ‘Make Your Partner a Real Partner,’ which for people who didn’t have one must have been very hard to read. I have thought a lot about what it is to be a single mother because now I am one. And financially, I don’t face the struggles that so many do. Thirty-seven percent of single mothers are living in poverty, 40% if you are black or Latina. That’s unacceptable.

In her post yesterday, Sandberg ended offering hope that we would end the day committing “to do more for all the mothers who have given so much and deserve even more.

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