On Monday, the held the White House Working Families Summit and President Obama spoke about how he plans on making it easier for working parents by tackling polices on paid family leave and affordable child care. During the event Michelle Obama spoke to Robin Roberts about why the U.S needs to do better when it comes to those issues.
“[It] was probably the worst time of my motherhood. I was so devastated because that balance, that work-family balance is so fragile, and you realize how fragile it is that with a blink of an eye of a broken toilet, a sick child, a sick parent, that balance is thrown off,” she told Roberts.
Mrs. Obama even spoke about getting a job interview at the University of Chicago, and she didn’t have a babysitter, so she brought Sasha to the interview with her.
“Who I was at the time was a breastfeeding mother of a 4-month-old — and I didn’t have a babysitter, so I promptly took Sasha to the interview with me. And I thought, look, this is who I am. I’ve got a husband who’s away. I’ve got two little babies. They are my priority. If you want me to do the job, you’ve got to pay me to do the job and you’ve got to give me flexibility, and flexibility means that I will work my tail off for you, but you better pay me and value my family,” Mrs. Obama said.
Although Mrs. Obama admits now it’s a lot easier being working parents, because of the support system they have at the White House, and her mother living with them, she realizes that its other people aren’t so privileged.
“The fight isn’t about us. It’s about every mother and father out there who doesn’t have the leverage to make those demands… And it is not lost on either me or Barack how tough it is, which is why we all have to be in this fight. This is something that we’re doing for each other,” Obama said.