Happy Mother's Day to all!

My Mom often jokes she is half responsible for me. But she's so much more than that. She taught me how to balance family, work, and giving back to the community. Just as her mother did for her, she laid the foundation of the mother I would become.

As a little girl, I remember watching my mother pour herself into our family navigating both work and home, bandaging scuffed knees and wiping noses while also investing in her dedication to supporting students as they reached their higher education goals.

It was not until I became a mother to Jack and Sammy that I realized how hard my mother worked at making motherhood look so seamless. Motherhood has been one of my greatest teachers and has helped me build some of the foundational elements of my leadership. It has taught me patience, understanding, the art of negotiation, especially around bedtime and snacks, and has made me a fierce advocate for women, children and families.

Every day I am reminded of the hours of work, often unseen and unacknowledged that mothers do every day. We wear many hats, and even through the ups and downs, through the tears and frustrations, but also the victories and joys, we often make it look seamless.
To put it mildly, mothers are modern day superheroes.

These days, mothers face an extra burden. Many have been forced to work multiple jobs while still caring and now educating their children, who aren't able to attend school or daycare. Some have been forced out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis and have been left to navigate insurmountable difficulties and stressors.
There is so much we can and should be doing to support mothers across the Commonwealth. From extending paid family leave to ensuring health care access for all, to creating a stronger system of affordable, quality childcare, ensuring fair competition, and granting mothers the full protection of equality under the Constitution.

On this Mother's Day, as our future and security remain uncertain, I promise to keep fighting for us, and do as my daughter Sammy said: even though things are scary right now don't forget to "get a little joy in there."

Happy Mother's Day!

Jenn McClellan