Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, is calling for new policies to benefit women in the U.S. including paid family leave and a higher minimum wage.
“To start, it’s long past time to raise the federal minimum wage. Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women. Raising the wage would reduce pay inequality and help millions of families living in or near poverty,” Sandberg wrote in a Mother's Day post.
Sandberg advocated for paid family leave for all parents following a child's birth.
“The United States is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid family leave – and we’re the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave. That means many moms are forced to return to work right after giving birth to keep their jobs,” Sandberg wrote in her Facebook post. “They deserve more support. So do dads, LGBTQ parents, adoptive parents — families of all kinds. We shouldn’t have to risk losing a job or being able to meet the basic needs of our families to do that.”
Sandberg said companies need help in addressing social issues.
“Companies can do a lot to lead the charge, and I’m proud of the steps Facebook has taken. But not everyone has the opportunity to work for a company that supports working parents. It's time for our public policies to catch up with what our families deserve and our values demand,” she added.
The Facebook COO also called for more affordable child care, pointing to a statistic that 40 percent of women are the primary or only wage earners for their family.
Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter and special counselor, has also voiced support for deductions in child care costs as part of the administration's tax reform plan. Her plan, however, could fail to get Republican’s support because of the estimated cost to the federal government: $500 billion over the span of 10 years.
Sandberg’s post did not directly bring up the Trump administration’s policies.
Sandberg recently published the book ‘Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy,’ which addresses her struggle as a single mother following the sudden death of her husband two years ago.