(U.S.) As there continues to be a focus by the Biden administration on ensuring economic stimulus support makes it to the most vulnerable groups, a new movement is highlighting the needs of mothers.
Studies suggest that the pandemic downturn has disproportionately impacted women and mothers. And the movement’s plan deemed the ‘Marshall Plan for Mom,’ is calling for regular payments to mothers designed to support them while also positively affecting the entire economy. The movement has recently launched a website that notes the importance of paying mothers for their unseen, unpaid labor. The website details the mission and purpose behind the plan in an open letter addressed to President Joe Biden on the homepage.
Dear President Biden:
You know this well: moms are the bedrock of society. And we’re tired of working for free.
We need a Marshall Plan for Moms — Now
Like the original Marshall Plan of 1948, this plan would be a financial investment in rebuilding from the ground up.
COVID has decimated so many of our careers. Two million of us have left the workforce, at a rate of four times that of men in September alone. Millions more have been forced to cut back our hours or work around the clock to keep our jobs and be full-time caregivers.
This is not an isolated incident — it is a national crisis. You didn’t create this problem, but your administration has an opportunity to fix it. In your first 100 days, we’re asking you to:
Establish a task force to create a Marshall Plan for Moms.
Implement a short-term monthly payment to moms depending on needs and resources.
Pass long overdue policies like paid family leave, affordable childcare and pay equity.
Sound crazy? It’s not.
It’s time to put a dollar figure on our labor. Motherhood isn’t a favor and it’s not a luxury. It’s a job.
The first 100 days are an opportunity to define our values. So let’s start by valuing moms.
The website also includes a convenient opportunity for page visitors to quickly sign the letter addressed to the President and his administration. While there has been no announcement yet suggesting that the plan will be adopted by either party, several big named celebrities have indicated their support. These celebrities include Alyssa Milano, Charlize Theron, and Eva Longoria. Further, reports note those behind the movement came together to take out a full-page ad in the New York Times recently to push the idea to the administration citing President Biden address the ‘crisis for mothers in the first 100 days in office.’