Whether you’re on-board with her progressive agenda or not, it’s hard to dismiss the meteoric rise and influence of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC), the beloved dem from Queens who others, particularly of the older, whiter, male variety, just love to hate.
Research shows us that when government policy makes it easier for mothers to work outside the home, many do. Subsidized child care and access to early education remain the two critical factors in determining women’s overall employment. Not surprisingly, the number of mothers in the workplace increases when school days are longer and childcare is more affordable. In states such as CA, Oregon and Washington where the school day is shortest and childcare is more expensive than the national average, fewer mothers work outside the home.
When activist Tarana Burke first coined the phrase, “Me Too,” way back in 2006, it was a specific rallying cry for women of color who had suffered and been silenced by sexual assault. It took another 11 years before the phrase entered mainstream culture and became the hashtag of the year — one that erupted onto screens and forever changed the way we talk about sexual discrimination and abuse.
Biology is not destiny for many, many women either by choice or by circumstance so why does the mainstream message -- even from feminists - continue to make women feel so bad about themselves when they can’t conceive “naturally” or at all?