This article is mind blowing to me, especially now that Shawn and I are planning to move to Nashville, find jobs, a place to live, etc, all with a child on the way. Aside from the issues that this article raises relating to the mothers being in tough situations, I also think about how the stress and lack of the mother being around, will affect the child years down the road.
What is the driving force behind companies not giving paid leave for expectant mothers?
How has the importance of quality of life for a child and mother made it so far down on the list of priorities for companies?
To top it all off, health insurance seems to be getting harder and harder to obtain, do you think it makes it hard for the common citizen to feel looked after? Why?
What do you think the government should do to change the way things are going in this area?
What was it like when you had children? Have things started going downhill since then?
What's frustrating is that it seems like most upper class citizens have access to a lot of the benefits the government offers, however, do you think that a majority of people having children are in the lower income portion of society?
What are your thoughts on having a system like that of California or New Jersey that has public paid family leave insurance programs? Or that of the countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development?
There is proof that providing paid leave does not break the bank for the countries that offer it, therefore, what is the reason why it's not as accessible as it should be?
What changes do you hope to see in this whole area?
How has the area of paid leave and health insurance through your work affected you?
What do you feel for the women mentioned at the end of the article and the things they were subjected to?
I'll leave with a quote from the article that stuck out to me…
"Despite its enthusiasm about 'family values,' the US is decades behind other countries in ensuring the well-being of working families, being an outlier is nothing to be proud of in a case like this. We need contemporary policies for contemporary workers." - Janet Walsh, deputy women's rights director
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