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Affordable, quality child care 1 10.00%
Flexible work 5 50.00%
Paid maternity/paternity leave 0 0%
Access to health care 0 0%
More well-paying jobs with good benefits 2 20.00%
other (please explain) 2 20.00%
Voters: 10. You may not vote on this poll

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November 18th, 2011, 07:12 AM
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What is the most important issues for working mommies?
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November 18th, 2011, 08:46 AM
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So for me it's all a priority. Not one thing is more important than the others. I'm lucky that where I live, with the taxes that I pay, I'm assured of many of them.

The truth is, I think all of them go together. We can't do anything as working mothers without all of these in place. There are enough trade offs in life as working mothers to start off with. And I think health and financial survival shouldn't be trade offs too. I feel bad for my American mommy friends who have to choose a roof over their head or go without healthcare for themselves and their kids. I feel bad for women who have to jump through hoops to prove how desperate they are just to qualify for the WIC program. And I feel awful for moms who have to leave their 6 week old child with complete strangers and worry all day that their child is being treated well at an age when they absolutely need their mothers the most.
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November 18th, 2011, 09:02 AM
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Youre right it is very difficult to choose. I was surfing the net and found this survey and wanted to post it in here. At first glance I would pick flexibilty just because I am married and hubby has a good job with benefits, but if I was a single working mommy it would all take priority. It is really sad and it bothers me to death that working moms are faced with all these issues..ugh..ya know
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November 18th, 2011, 09:07 AM
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That's such a hard decision. I went with what came to mind as soon as I read the question and before I even read the choices: flexible work. I need to be able to say "no" to work schedules that are outside of my child's day care hours. I think this is especially important in the first year of life. I did have a somewhat flexible employer for my first son, but in my first evaluation after he was born the only low marks I got were for flexibility. Not that they were punishing me. It was just the truth that I had to cancel meetings and events that only I could cover because we had no backup for me, when my son was sick...a lot. I have a new employer now so I'll have to see if they are as flexible.

It goes the same for working dads. When DS is sick, has a special event at day care, or day care is closed, we have to juggle each of our schedules. Whose work is more important *that day?* And in general, DH is expected to work past 6 most days, which means I am the one who has to leave work in time to pick up DS from day care. I feel bad when I have a reason to stay and have to ask him to leave early. It's not that often, and he usually has no trouble doing it, he just can't on a regular basis. There are many times when I would benefit from staying late, but it's more important for him to.

But ALL the other choices are a very close 2nd! That's my personal priority, but for working moms in general I'd say it's an issue that deals with money--health care, paid leave, affordable child care.
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November 18th, 2011, 01:11 PM
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The truth is, I think all of them go together. We can't do anything as working mothers without all of these in place. There are enough trade offs in life as working mothers to start off with. And I think health and financial survival shouldn't be trade offs too. I feel bad for my American mommy friends who have to choose a roof over their head or go without healthcare for themselves and their kids. I feel bad for women who have to jump through hoops to prove how desperate they are just to qualify for the WIC program. And I feel awful for moms who have to leave their 6 week old child with complete strangers and worry all day that their child is being treated well at an age when they absolutely need their mothers the most.
I totally agree.
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they are all important hard to chose but if I had to chose one it would be well paying jobs/benefits
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