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Sheryl Sandberg Urges Businesses and Politicians to Provide More Help for Working Mothers

Facebook’s COO wrote a Mother’s Day post calling for affordable child care and a higher minimum wage.

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BY Guadalupe Gonzalez - 15 May 2017

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Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg used a Mother's Day post on the social network to advocate for policies benefiting working mothers.

Sandberg, a mother of two, urged businesses and politicians to raise the minimum wage and offer affordable child care. She also called out the United States as the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave.

"Over 40% of mothers are the primary breadwinners for their families--and in many, the only breadwinner, " Sandberg wrote.

Two-thirds of the minimum wage workers in America are women, Sandberg wrote. A federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour earns a full-time employee about $14,500 a year, or $3,000 below the federal poverty line for a family, according to the National Women's Center.

"Child care for two children exceeds the median annual rent in all 50 states," Sandberg wrote. "How are parents supposed to work if they don't have a safe and affordable place to leave their kids?"