“I Felt Like I Was Hanging On By My Fingertips” Valerie Jarrett Talks Struggle Of Being A Single Mother With Cathy Hughes
As joyous an experience as motherhood is, the burden placed on working moms in terms of paid leave, access to daycare, and the glass ceiling that can limit the potential for professional growth are real. Those struggles were the focus of a panel discussion between Urban One Founder Cathy Hughes, former White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at the first Maternal and Infant Health Summit held in D.C. yesterday.
During the conversation, Hughes, who has a son, talked about hearing women say things like they don’t have time to go to the doctor between raising children and fostering a career, prompting her to ask what women can do to balance those demands while also practicing self-care. It was at that point that Jarrett talked about the struggles she faced even as a “single mother with resources,” stating that women shouldn’t have to be superwomen.
“The minimum you should expect from your government is to make things a little bit easier for you,” she said of the need for policies at the state and federal level that address health care and child care needs.
Check out a snippet of the panel in the video below.