My No 1 job as First Lady is to be First Mom
We've talked to mothers whose salaries can't cover the cost of groceries - but if they take a second job, they can't afford childcare. More than 22 million working women don't have paid sick days. Millions of women are doing the same jobs as men but they're earning less................The struggles of America's families aren't new to Barack. He was raised by a single mom who put herself through school and built a career that she loved while still finding time to read to him each morning. So, he knows how heroic America's parents can be. That's why he is committed to restoring the middle class, cutting taxes for 95 per cent of all working Americans, establishing pay equity for women, and expanding family leave. He also knows that when our military goes to war, their families go with them. He's a strong advocate for predictable deployments and better healthcare - including mental health - for returning service people.
............. Now that the election is won, I'll keep working to find solutions that make a real difference in people's lives.And occasionally, when our daughters insist, we'll host sleepovers, too.
Michelle Obama wrote this article shortly before the election. It first appeared in US News & World Report and has been updated with permission. Distributed by Tribune Media Services
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