Obama Adds Bring-Your-Baby-to-Work Advocate to His Administration

Suzanne Murray


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The other day, President Obama appointed Kathleen Sebelius as his new Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sebelius is currently the Governor of Kansas, and she's about to become a very busy woman—as you probably already know, Obama has big plans for our country's health care system. But there are some things you might not know about Kathleen Sebelius that may interest you.


Here's what I learned from Cate Nelson over at Eco Child's Play and in a 2008 article about Sebelius in Time magazine:

1. Sebelius is an advocate of a bring your baby to work policy.


2. Early in her career, while Sebelius was the executive director of her state’s trial lawyer’s association, she took her two baby boys to the office. She told Time, "We live in a society where too many people make workers choose—do you want to be a good parent, or do you want to be a good worker?" Sebelius chooses both.

3. When Sebelius served as the Kansas insurance commissioner, she instituted a bring your baby to work policy.

4. As governor of Kansas, she advocated parenting at work, and there are currently 21 state agencies in Kansas that allow parenting in the office.

So who knows, maybe we'll end up with a federal bring your baby to work law. I'm not sure if I'd bring my baby to work or not, but I think it's a great option for a lot of moms.

Would you bring your baby to work?


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