The UNPAID Symbolism of the #Veterans MOM ACT

WOMEN HELP WOMEN“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou

I’m not sure what good it is to have women in Congress when they don’t have the guts to actually put forth an ACT that helps women. Let’s take the Military Opportunities for Mothers (MOM) Act. Just the word “Opportunities” should require an opportunity. It was put forth by Rep. Tammy Duckworth and Rep. Kristi Noem, both fighting to keep their seats for another term. Here’s Noem and Duckworth’s absurd letter they released last Friday when the bill was introduced:

“Military Opportunities for Moms Act – affectionately known as the MOM Act – last week.  This bill allows for an additional six weeks of leave time for moms in the military.  Like in many civilian positions, the leave would be unpaid.

So if this is what Congress deems an “Opportunity” for moms, then it makes even more sense why America is in the dire straits that it is and why women continue to be devalued. Come on PEOPLE! THIS IS NOT AN OPPORTUNITY!! And now, they have 50 sponsors. Of course they do, NO PAY FOR WOMEN! I’M IN.

What’s even more absurd is the way this letter set up the announcement of the MOM ACT. Here’s part of the intro:

“Mothers in the military, however, undoubtedly face a number of unique challenges as well.  Most notably, as Army First Lieutenant Jessica Scott writes, military moms “must also face the fact that by remaining in the military, we may never see our sons and daughters again….  Before each mother deploys, she must make all the final preparations in case she doesn’t come home.'”


Ironically, Noem is running against a Military Mom so she probably thought her constituents would appreciate her work on the UNPAID bill. I can’t think of any mom that would think this is an opportunity. If this is what these women think is an opportunity, please leave. Women need some tough leadership in Congress and someone to say, this Act is absurd, make it paid or don’t bring it to the floor.

Where did all the strong women in Congress go?