“We’re going to make stay-at-home motherhood pay.” That’s the message California Democrat Delaine Eastin want to send as the state gears up for the 2018 midterm elections.
“The base salary for a stay-at-home mom should be almost $50,000,” said Eastin, candidate for governor and the only woman ever to serve as California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
“Add overtime and that works out to a salary of $143,102,” said Eastin. “But as a Democrat, I believe we can’t pay moms unless we also certify them, so workplace labor posters, safety inspections, food preparation certification, and continuing education requirements are a small price for moms to pay if they want our recognition.”
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he welcomes Eastin’s proposal but thinks it doesn’t go far enough.
“We should pay moms,” Becerra said. “But imagine how much better they’ll feel if a Motherhood Enhancement Finance Commission sends them a framed certificate with their first check.”
Other Democrats in the gubernatorial race were quick to latch onto the idea.
“Motherhood certification is an idea whose time has come,” said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. “We have a lot of great stay-at-home moms now, but we could double that number just by paying them a living wage.”
Antonio Villaraigosa, who is trailing Newsom in the polls, sought to separate himself from the herd by questioning the concept.
“Democrats believe in working moms,” Villaraigosa said. “But there are more than 5 million stay-at-home moms. We can’t even afford universal healthcare, so how can we afford the bureaucracy needed to pay mothers?”