On Friday, May 7, Secretary Clinton sent an email to all State Department employees -- both in Washington and around the world -- with the following:THE SECRETARY OF STATEWASHINGTON
Dear Friends & Colleagues,
I am pleased to wish all of the proud parents of the State Department a very happy Mother's Day. As a mother-of-the-bride (or as I have been called, an "MOTB"), I know how demanding it can be for all of us to balance the demands of work and family. And many of you have the added challenge of parenting in foreign countries, far from your own families and support networks.
I wanted to share with you some of the ways that we are working together to support State Department parents, especially new mothers and fathers. It's not enough to just talk about the importance of family -- our policies must reflect our commitment.
I invite each of you to take a moment to watch a brief video message I recorded.
And then I hope you'll follow up with your supervisors if you have questions and suggestions, and of course The Sounding Board, which is always open.
Have a safe and happy Mother's Day and thank you for all your hard work on behalf of your families and our country.
Hillary Rodham Clinton