Making The American Workforce A Friendly Place For Women And Families

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We all had a teacher in school who took maternity leave. This standard, dictated by the 1993 federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), applies not only to teachers but to women of all professions and allows mothers to take up to twelve weeks of protected, but unpaid leave (Cohn 9). This period, however, is not long enough for the mother and child to fully recover. Providing longer maternity leaves would also benefit businesses and the American society. Many countries around the world provide significantly longer leaves or even allow fathers to take paid paternity leaves. Making the American workforce a friendly place for women and families through revised maternity leave policies will benefit both the U.S. economy and U.S. families.
Incomes in the U.S. are currently falling, particularly among low-income families. Because one income is no longer enough to support the family, it is now necessary for many women to bring home a paycheck as well. (Warner 27). Having young children while working is difficult for many women in the U.S. workplace. In fact, thirty-five percent of U.S. women have cited work and family balance as their largest, single concern (Appelbaum and Milkman 8). For this reason, many developed countries around the world devote resources to providing for their young families because they are aware of the role that women play in sustaining the country. In 2014, eleven countries provided at least one hundred weeks of protected leave and the majority of…

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