How The Zero Weeks Of Paid Maternity Leave In The U.S. Compare Globally
American women are offered 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which exempts companies with fewer than 50 paid employees, but in 2011, only 11 percent of private sector workers and 17 percent of public workers reported that they had access to paid maternity leave through their employer. And for first-time mothers, only about half can take paid leave when they give birth.
This is shameful - and Interesting given the amount of talk we hear about “family values.”
Republicans like to talk about “family values” but that’s all it is - talk.
As a pregnant woman, I couldn’t believe it when I found out that maternity leave isn’t paid. I was more shocked though, to find that short term disability leave was 24 weeks and paid (about 70% of what you would normally make). I want to take that instead of maternity leaves … turns out I can’t though. wtf.