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Alexandria mayor calls for parental leave and higher minimum wage in rally

Alexandria mayor calls for parental leave and higher minimum wage in rally (ABC7)

On Thursday, men and women rallied in Alexandria on International Women’s Day.

They acknowledged progress and the changes that are still needed.

Mayor Allison Silberberg says the city council is considering a few options that would make women’s lives better.

“The council is currently considering, here in Alexandria, that we will from now on offer six weeks of parental leave, second raising our minimum wage to $15,” Silberberg said.

She would also like to see more women in leadership roles.

Elizabeth Bennett-Parker is hoping to soon fill one of those leadership positions on the city council.

“It was disheartening to hear statistics that Virginia is 48th out of 50 in the number of women we have elected to office and obviously I’d love to be a part of the change that’s happening to change that,” Parker said.

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