Americans should be outraged about the sad state of parental benefits in this country. New moms in Australia get 18 weeks of paid maternity leave; mothers in Iceland are paid 80 percent of their monthly salary for 90 days. Canadian parents get six months off (a mother and a father can share the time) after having a baby. But new parents in the United States? They’re guaranteed much less...like, nothing at all.
“We sent a man to the moon. What a waste, when we could have sent him to the playground, as our Swedish sisters do,” says the woman in this ad for Wasa crackers, who has stumbled on a dreamy Swedish yoga studio full of hot Nordic dads on parental leave.
American parental leave is now fodder for a cracker commercial. Apparently, this is what happens when a developed country can’t provide basic rights to parents.