Working women, unite!

A new AFL-CIO survey asks women workers about their most pressing concerns.

Published July 17, 2006 9:30PM (EDT)

Ever find yourself talking to anyone who will listen -- your partner, your colleagues, your Broadsheet audience -- about the maddening lack of good work options for women? Well, instead of stewing in rage, take this AFL-CIO "Ask a Working Woman Survey." I just did, and I feel calmer already knowing that my answers will be delivered to every U.S. representative and senator on Labor Day.

The survey asks you to rate the importance of certain laws that would improve the lives of working women, and provides space for you to craft 600 words on "what is the most important thing members of Congress need to understand about working women?" (Yes, it's hard to limit oneself to 600, but you can abbreviate. I did.)

I learned about the survey on Leslie Morgan Steiner's "On Balance" blog at the Washington Post. Steiner, editor of the much-discussed anthology "The Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families," shares some of her great answers with Post readers. Among other things, she calls for a "Constitutional amendment protecting women's rights to birth control (so that we can choose when to work and when to focus on raising kids)."

Take the survey -- then come back to Broadsheet and tell us what you wished for.

By Lori Leibovich

Lori Leibovich is a contributing editor at Salon and the former editor of the Life section.

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