AirTalk for April 20, 2012

Working mothers face challenges over childcare

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Mother working while holding a baby. Coping with childcare and taking time off with a sick child remain concerns for working women as many are not entitled to paid leave.

While the presidential race has focused on stay at home mothers, working moms have their attention elsewhere.

Two thirds of women with young children have a job and as many as half of working women are the main breadwinners. But coping with childcare and taking time off with a sick child remain concerns for these women as many are not entitled to paid leave. Having to take unpaid time off has forced some women to give up work all together - and face uncertain economic hardship.

Should paid leave be enforced for working mothers and fathers? As a small business owner, how would enforced paid leave impact on your bottom line? If a state mandate for sick leave was in place, would this further alienate women and put them at risk of not being employed at all?

Guests:

Barbara Gault, Vice President and Executive Director of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

John Kabateck, Executive Director of the California Office of the National Federation of Independent Business



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