Paid parental leave is long overdue in the United States

The numbers are staggering: out of nearly 170 countries across the globe, only the United States and Papua New Guinea refuse to provide cash benefits to women during maternity leave.

Since the 1960s, only three states — California, New Jersey and Rhode Island — have seen fit to adopt paid family leave programs.
Though pointing out the anomaly may have shock value, if the United States is to adopt paid family leave, it should do so out of an earnest desire for reform, not from the pressure to simply match the rest of the world. The current plan on the table, however, seeks nothing more than to conform with global developments — the proposal before Congress seeks to create a program which, if established, would be one of the least extensive paid leave programs that currently exist at the federal level.
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