Saturday, March 08, 2008

The Need for Paid Maternity Leave

(Taken from my sister's blog) Copied from an email received from

"According to a new study just released by the U.S. Census Bureau [2], 49% of American mothers cobble together some sort of paid leave following childbirth by using a combination of sick days, vacation days, disability leave, and employer-provided maternity leave. A full 51% of new mothers lack any paid leave-so some take unpaid leave, some quit, some even lose their jobs.

"Tomorrow, Saturday, March 8, is International Women's Day. A joint Harvard and McGill University study of over 170 countries found that the U.S. is one of only four countries that doesn't have any paid leave for new mothers.[3] This is a national disgrace.

"The next president has a chance to right this wrong. But we need to get on their radar now, while they are courting the "mom" vote. Send an email to the leading Presidential candidates asking them, upon taking office, to make it a priority to pass national paid family leave."

Click Here to send an email to the presidential candidates. It takes all of 2 seconds to do. Seriously.

While you're at it, you can also click here to urge congresspeople to support the Breastfeeding Promotion Act, to help ensure women are given the time and place to pump while at work so they can continue to breastfeed their babies.

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