Posts tagged paid leave
How Work is Not Optional For Many

"When it comes to women and work, the largest myth of all is that working is somehow optional...The reality in the United States today is that earning money is an absolute necessity for the vast majority of women. And the sad truth is that we aren’t doing anything to support them or their families — not because we can’t, but because we won’t."

Read the full article here.

How Did Your State Do?

The National Partnership For Women & Families just released its report card for each state on how they fair individually in supporting new families. The NPWF states that this is "the most comprehensive analysis to date of state laws and regulations governing paid leave, paid sick days, protections for pregnant workers and other workplace rights for expecting and new parents in the United State." Phew. 

Check out the infographic below and read the full report here. How did your state do?

The Happiness Gap for U.S. Parents

"They discovered the gap could be explained by differences in family-friendly social policies such as subsidized child care and paid vacation and sick leave. In countries that gave parents what researchers called “the tools to combine work and family,” the negative impact of parenting on happiness disappeared."'

Interestingly, the researchers also found that lower child care costs also affected the happiness of NONparents. Read the full article to find out why:

"Why Mark Zuckerberg is the Kind of Dad America Needs Now" -from Mashable

"Zuckerberg hasn't acknowledged the influence of his leadership as a CEO and father, but it has the potential to shift our collective notions about work and family in profound ways."

We all know our culture is in dire need of a 'collective shift' on the way we view work and family. If you are reading this chances are you've had to deal with the concept of maternity and paternity leave, and are now well aware of the woefully inadequate ways that both fail to support new families. Paid leave is (and should be) a hot button issue this political season, and this article highlights some of the ways Mark Zuckerberg's small but potent peeks into his life as a father may help keep this conversation at the forefront of the minds of new parents, and hopefully, our policy makers and company heads. 

Read the full article here