The Democratic National Committee is taking heat from women’s advocacy groups for “discriminating against mothers” after the DNC announced that they would not allow young children onto the DNC floor during next week’s convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The National Organization for Women and women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem came out against the DNC last week for “discriminating against mothers with young children.”
The DNC announced that women would not be provided with access to the convention floor if they intended to bring young children with them. The DNC also came under fire for not providing comprehensive child care options at the convention.
“Women are the key to a Democratic victory, and sometimes, children are the key to women,” Steinem told The Daily Caller last week. “It’s both right and smart for the Democratic Convention to behave as if children exist.”
NOW’s Pacific Shore chapter President Zoe Nicholson told the DC that they believe “this practice of discrimination needs to end in 2012,”
Democratic delegate Susie Shannon told the Charlotte Observer that she resents the position she is in, having to choose between either attending the convention or caring for her 4-year-old child.
“The Democratic Party shouldn’t put you in a position where you have to choose between your child and participating in a political convention,” said Shannon.
h/t CBS Charlotte
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