On a National Scale, Procreation Isn’t Optional: So Why Don’t We Have Paid Family Leave?

What percentage of working women in America do you think have no access to paid maternity leave?

In this incisive talk, Jessica Shortall makes the impassioned case that the reality of new working motherhood in America is both hidden and horrible: millions of women, every year, are forced back to work within just weeks of giving birth.

Key quotes:

An a national level, our paid work is not optional.

Our procreation, on a national scale, is not optional.

We need women to work. We need working women to have babies.

What percentage of working women in America do you think have NO ACCESS to paid maternity leave? Eighty-eight percent. Eighty-eight percent of working mothers will not get one minute of paid leave after they have a baby.

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