Wednesday, August 03, 2005

In what company?

femsignAn article looking at maternity/parental leave policies finds the US rather out on its own in neglecting this aspect of family support.
To put it another way, out of 168 nations in a Harvard University study last year, 163 had some form of paid maternity leave, leaving the United States in the company of Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and Swaziland.
They cite different views on population growth (and effects of immigration) as well as different approaches of feminist movements in different parts of the world. It would be pretty easy to make an argument based on American obsession with business rights over family issues as well. Anyway... Swaziland? Sigh.

(via Alas, a blog)

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