Some of us lost our jobs after taking maternity leave. Others couldn’t afford to work after starting a family because child care cost more than we made. Some of us sought part-time or flexible work schedules to better support our family’s needs, only to learn that this is hard to find. Some of us were turned down for jobs because of our status as mothers. At times we felt alone and responsible to figure out how to make it work.
And then we found each other. We learned that in our country, mothers suffer a huge wage gap relative to non-mothers. We learned that these issues are not ours alone but systemic reflections of archaic policies — ones that need to and can change. We educated ourselves about viable policies in other industrialized countries, even other states in this country. We formed an organization to confront these issues with passion, compassion, and a commitment to a vision for a better Oregon for all families.