Full transcript of Michelle Obama’s May 7 speech at a forum for the Corporate Voices for Working Families in Washington D.C.
The First Lady on balance and workplace flexibility:
So this isn’t just about family balance. This is about making workplaces stronger and more effective, and keeping and attracting the most qualified people. This research is critical to empowering employers and is politically — particularly important during our current economic climate.
We need to discuss flexible work hours that give employees greater ability to attend to important family responsibilities like child pick-up, something as simple as that; doctors appointments for those not just with kids, but for people with elderly parents. We’re finding more and more that families are in that crunch, as well.
She also highlighted the importance of paid sick leave, the difficulties faced by one-wage-earner families, and how hard it is to be a working mom (even if you have a Chief of Staff and personal assistant).
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