Valerie Jarrett Quotes
Change is never fast enough to satisfy us. I still hear too many stories of women who go back to work too soon, but I do believe that we have been able to change the paradigm in attitudes towards family leave in that it’s no longer a nice thing to do for women, it’s a must do for competitiveness, and that’s a big change over the last seven years. Changing it into an economic issue is a big sea change in the last seven years.
From day one, President Obama has made improving the quality of life for woman a top priority. It’s why he created the White House Council on Women and Girls that I’m so proud to chair. Our directive was to look across the board at all of the federal agencies and determine what we could do to improve the quality of life for women and girls.
Women spend 30 percent more time doing household chores. No surprise. But women also spend more time volunteering in their community. And if you add up all of the hours of non-leisure time, women are working more than men. So I thought that was very interesting, and I was surprised about the voluntarism piece, but when you think about it, it makes sense.
For me, having a daughter made me much more efficient and productive. I would wake up in the morning trying to figure out how to organize my day so that I could get home. The phone calls with friends, the lunches out with colleagues – all of that got scrapped so that I could be as efficient and productive as possible.