The New York Times does a piece Rebecca Slaughter, an F.T.C. commissioner who is balancing a fulkl time job and baby and two young children…..
“I am tired,” Ms. Slaughter said as she put on a nursing cover for a late morning feeding. “I don’t feel superhuman. I feel like a mom who has a career of which she cares about very much and a family she cares about very much. And I’m trying to navigate the two.”
Ms. Slaughter, a longtime legal adviser to Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the top Democrat in the Senate, didn’t think about turning down the job offer. She did have some doubts about how she could pull off the schedule of raising three children and taking a senior position in government, but the opportunity was too good to pass up.
The work culture for families has been stubbornly slow to change in Washington. To take a position of leadership in federal agencies, on Capitol Hill or in the White House requires long and unpredictable hours. Modest pay, demanding travel and meager family leave benefits also deter many women from rising in the government ranks.
Such considerations have held back female representation in every corner of government. Women comprise 20 percent of Congress. They hold a quarter of the cabinet posts in the Trump administration…..