Hillary Clinton Stands Up for Paid Family Leave With Mother’s Day Message

The United States is the only country in the developed world without a federal program for new parents.
May 10, 2015·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

Welcoming a new child to the world should be one of the happiest moments in parents’ lives. But financial pressures can cut down on baby-bonding time and send Mom and Dad back to work long before they’re ready.

On the day that Americans celebrate the amazing moms in their lives, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took the opportunity to discuss a way to make life a little easier: paid family leave.

“It is outrageous that America is the only country in the developed world that doesn’t guarantee paid leave,” Clinton said.

Only three states in the U.S.—California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—have an official paid family leave program. Mothers in other states can take off up to 12 weeks after they give birth, but they won’t get paid for it.

“At a time that should be so exciting and joyful, I see so many women just distraught,” Clinton said. “They have to immediately go back to work. They don’t know how they are going to manage.”

Clinton has long been an avid supporter of federally mandated paid family leave, but she’s also said that she believes the U.S. is a long way from achieving that goal.