Let’s get right into this 💩 ...did you know the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development studied paid maternity leave for 36 developed nations and five additional European Union countries, and Costa Rica and they found that on average across these countries, mothers were entitled to 51 weeks of paid leave after child birth? Can you imagine?? Almost an entire year to nurture your baby while still getting paid. What a dream!! But not here in the US. Nope. The United States was the only country in the study with no national law to provide that benefit.
Today, 1 in 3 workers in the US don’t have a single day of paid leave to give birth and care for a newborn – or care for their loved ones. That’s 113 million people, overwhelmingly women, communities of color, and low-wage working families.
On top of being the only industrialized country that does not have a paid leave program in place – even the unpaid leave is only for 12 weeks, which is the smallest amount of time offered compared to the same countries.
C’mon, US!! Why are we sooooooo far behind in supporting parents and families??
It’s not because people don’t want it. Federal paid leave is overwhelmingly popular — so popular, in fact, that more than 8 in 10 Americans support creating a national paid leave policy.
And there’s very good reason to support it beyond just basic human kindness and understanding. For example, paid parental leave to welcome a new child has been shown to provide benefits to employers, families, and children, including decreasing infant mortality, improving a newborn’s health and well-being and brain development, increasing the likelihood that new parents will return to work, and decreasing turnover costs.
The paid leave proposal in the American Families Plan can change that. This is the greatest opportunity to win federal paid leave in decades, and passage of this policy will change the way we live, work and care for our families for generations to come.
The American Families Plan, a landmark economic recovery package recently announced by President Biden, includes a proposal for a national paid family and medical leave program that provides up to 12 weeks of parental, caregiving and personal medical leave to all working people. This is a historic moment as no sitting President has ever introduced a national paid leave policy in the US.
With broad, bi-partisan support from 84% of Americans, Congress has the chance to make sure that nobody in the U.S. has to choose between taking care of their health or their family, and keeping their paycheck. But, it will take all of us speaking out loudly to make it happen.
Make your voice heard.
As Congress considers laws to help working families recover from the pandemic, we have a huge opportunity to pass paid leave for all. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Paid Leave for the United States (PL+US), a nonprofit working to win a national paid family and medical leave program in the US. Hello Bello signed onto a letter from the business community asking Congress to pass paid leave. Will you join us?
Our friends at PL+US make it easy to take action - just type in your zip code, and they’ll connect you with your Member of Congress and a sample note about paid leave, which you can personalize with your own message.
The COVID-19 pandemic shined a light on the dire need for paid leave, but the caregiving crisis is not new. Your voice can help make a difference. Click through to take action!