President Obama used Mother’s Day to advocate for paid maternity and paternity leave, calling it a step toward giving women “the equality they deserve.”


“Through deeds that match our words, let’s give mothers the respect they deserve, give all women the equality they deserve, and give all parents the support they need in their most important roles,” Obama said in his weekly address.

Obama also called for accommodations for pregnant workers, affordable child care, equal pay and a “decent” minimum wage.

“We ask our mothers to do more than their fair share of just about everything,” Obama said. “Making sure they’re treated fairly is the least we can do.”