MomsRising, a bi-partisan group, has been collecting thousands upon thousands of signatures on a letter to GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin, to ask for more information about where she stands on issues important to working mothers (and fathers). Almost 22,000 people signed the letter, which said, in part:
“It was dazzling to see a mom on the stage at the Republican convention accepting the Vice Presidential nomination. There are too few mothers in the boardrooms and high levels of political office. As members of MomsRising.org we celebrate your path from PTA to Vice Presidential candidate, but we didn’t hear much in your speech about what you and your party will do for mothers and families.
“… Our nation can’t afford to ignore the issues of mothers and families any longer. We want to know where you stand on the issues which are critical to mothers like health care, fair pay, paid family and medical leave, after-school programs, childcare/early learning, paid sick days, and flexible work options.
“With now three-quarters of American mothers in the labor force, but a societal structure which hasn’t caught up to that modern reality, we, as a nation, are at a crisis point for our families. Bottom Line: Mothers want to ensure the well-being of their families. No mother should have to choose between taking care of a sick child and feeding her child. And no mother should have to choose between taking her child to the doctor and paying rent.
“Governor Palin, if elected Vice President of the United States, how will you support mothers and families?”
I had planned on being there yesterday morning with MomsRising co-founder Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner and some other fabulous moms, but some bad shrimp at the PunditMom household the night before made venturing too far from the house a little iffy.
But from what I understand, Palin’s Alaska state staff told the MomsRising group that they could not accept the letter and the request to hear more information from 22,000 voters because it was campaign related.
Well, we wouldn’t want to know Palin’s positions on those issues if she wasn’t running for VP! I’m not sure why her staff felt the need to turn away a bi-partisan group’s efforts to get more information to the voting block Palin wants to get? I’m willing to believe that her state staff wanted to be extra careful about campaign-related items, but wouldn’t you think they would have made more of an effort to direct the letters to the place they need to go?
Sarah, if you’re really, really thinking that working mothers are voters you want in your court, you’re going to have to answer these questions before November 4. So why not do it now?