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