Maternity Leave Benefits in US Much Less Than Many Countries

Its been almost 20 years since 189 countries met at a U.N. conference in Beijing and decided to move towards gender equality among the world. The United States was not one of those countries. Now we are seeing exactly how gender inequality is affecting our nation. Barbara is expecting her second child and is worried about how she will make ends meet while she is out of work due to her pregnancy. She is a private school teacher and does not make a lot of money as is but now that she will not be able to work she doesn’t know what to do. She will use the 20 paid sick days she has earned but after that she is not sure where the money will come from. Barbara is only one of many cases in the United States that have to deal with an increase in expenses and a decrease in income. And by decrease I mean a total stop in income. Apparently bringing a human being into the world is not worth paid maternity leave in the U.S.


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