Target: President of the United States of America Barack Obama
Goal: Thank the president for turning his attention to paid maternity leave
The United States of America is one of only three nations in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave to all workers. This sorry state of affairs just received a large boost in visibility, however, as President Obama has begun to make paid maternity leave a main topic of discussion in Washington D.C. He has repeatedly called for action on the issue and on June 23, 2014 the White House hosted an event touting the benefits of paid maternity leave. It is important to raise public awareness about this topic so that people will begin to demand change, and the president is certainly doing his part.
Being a working parent is made more difficult in the United States by a lack of policies designed to assist new parents. Paid maternity leave would allow workers to take time off to care for their newborns and not be forced to juggle their families and their careers. Many citizens of the U.S. don’t realize how widespread paid maternity leave is; Papa New Guinea and Oman are the only other nations that do not provide it. By speaking out about the issue and making sure more people are educated on the subject, President Obama is making it more likely that pressure will be put on Congress to make changes.
President Obama cannot mandate paid maternity leave all on his own, but he can rally public support in favor of it. Getting the people of the U.S. behind the idea is the best way to demand change and work towards this important policy. By signing this petition, you will thank the president for his efforts so far and encourage him to keep up the good work.
Dear President Obama,
In recent days you have made it your mission to advocate for paid maternity leave for all U.S. citizens. By writing and speaking on the subject, you can inspire all people to stand up and work towards making this important policy the law of the land. You deserve thanks for turning your attention to this issue and working to achieve progress.
I hope that in the days, months, and years to come you will continue to use your influence to educate people on the benefits of paid maternity leave, and that you will continue to urge Congress to act on the matter. Thank you for all that you have done so far, and keep pushing towards full implementation of paid maternity leave.
[Your Name Here]
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