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Working Mothers Day

'More women workers are in minimum-wage jobs than men, yet our minimum wage hasn’t kept up. (If it had kept up with inflation since 1968 it would be over $10 today.)

'We’ve even cut aid pre-natal and post-natal medical care for poor infants and mothers.

'And we have put a five-year limit on aid to single women with children — a limit that the ongoing effects of the Great Recession have already proved to be too limited. Nor have we begun to cope with the reality of stagnant or declining real wages that has caused families to work so much harder and longer. Almost all of the economic gains since the late 1970s have gone to the top 1 percent, but our representatives in Washington refuse to acknowledge this or take steps to reverse the trend.

'The best way to celebrate Mother’s Day would be to acknowledge that most mothers are now in paid work — or seek to be — and, as working mothers, deserve better.'

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