Perhaps This SHOULD Be The Stuff of Feminist Manifestos

Reading a New York Times campaign blog about feminism and the current election, I stumbled over this passage:

The issue of how to find a “work-family balance” for working women continues to gain mainstream political traction, but that’s hardly the stuff of feminist manifestos.

Calling it “work-family balance” makes it sound all cutesy and like it’s just some frivolous personal empowerment thing. What it’s actually about is proper access to child care, less insane family leave laws, better access to health care so that families can start small businesses or pursue freelance careers. Obviously this isn’t just a feminist issue or a woman’s issue, but I’ll be damned if we shouldn’t be writing manifestos about it.