Family Relationships

Join other women in the sandwich generation - share ideas and solutions as you learn to nourish family relationships without starving yourself.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Does it matter that Hillary Clinton's track record includes her being a member of the Sandwich Generation? Campaigning last week in Pennsylvania, she stood between her 88 year old mother and 28 year old daughter. While renewing her efforts to engage women voters, she was also personalizing the issues for Sandwiched Boomers facing the demands of parents and children. Do you think her experiences increase the likelihood of her being more sensitive to your concerns?

Clinton's agenda does include efforts to ease the burdens on women who are struggling to balance the practical and financial demands of work and family. Her plan for caregivers includes a tax credit, stepped-up support for unpaid family caregivers, paid family leave by 2016, guaranteed access to sick days and increased support for child care.

Gloria Steinem, one of the founders of the feminist movement, thinks that a redefinition of work needs to take place. As caregiving is 30% of productive labor, a monetary value should be attributed to this work. Do you share her vision that women working together can impact society and make a difference? Why don't you share your thoughts with other readers.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that there is a growing crisis in my family. I am trying to take more responsibility for my elderly parents who need help but are in denial. Then I collude with them about their beinb able to manage because, for the moment, my life is easier. But that gets compounded - when I do show up to see what's going on, there's a bigger mess to handle.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that voices joined together can create an impact but if others sandwich generation women are like me, who has the time?

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call me skeptical, but I can't remember the last time a presidential candidate actually followed through with his campaign promises. Sally

5:30 PM  

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