What is the cost of a father dying alone? Who knows the toll when chemo is what you do on your lunch hour? How do we measure the loss of a career to care for a loved one with a disability? What’s the price tag on a child’s terror while waiting in her hospital bed for a parent to finish work and drop exhausted into the chair beside her?
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.
What talent are we losing in our country’s business, security or political leadership by forcing young women to make impossible choices between work and family?
As we celebrate progress for mothers in elected office, let’s not forget all the work that still needs to be done to make paid family leave a reality for every woman in the U.S.
On October 1, the city of Austin, Texas will become one of only a handful of cities in the U.S. that require a basic benefit to workers that many other countries already grant on a national level—paid sick leave.
The U.S. remains the only developed nation that does not mandate any paid leave. A new campaign seeks to illustrate what a major difference that makes in women’s lives across the country.
Legislation extending protected paid family leave to smaller businesses, allowing parents to spend time caring for their new children without fearing for the security of their jobs, has cleared the state Senate in California and is now being heard by the State Assembly’s Labor Committee.
Many ordinary Cubans simply cannot afford to have children, and many Cuban women are reluctant to.
We need national legislation supporting paid sick days.