I was driving home from work in June of 2015 when I received the kind of phone call no parent ever wants to get.
The U.S. is one of only two nations in the world that does not offer some form of paid leave, leaving over 80 percent of workers with little financial recourse if they must take time off to care for a new child or a sick family member. Feminists this week pushed for progress on the issue on Capitol Hill—winning one major victory and then calling for even more.
We need a national paid leave program that is effective and sustainable, that will reach those who need it the most and that will not threaten other key areas of support for working families. But the recently-proposed CRADLE Act fails to meet any of those criteria.