Anne Hathaway Speaks For All Mothers
The topic of maternity leave in the workplace has been a topic of controversy for quite a while now. Whether women are given the fair amount of time to fully recover mentally and physically before returning to the workplace is often compromised. Actress Anne Hathaway recently addressed the United Nations on International Women’s Day to speak about America’s parental leave policies and how there must be changes to the already questionable policy. The actress also wore red in support of the women who went on strike for gender equality in the workplace last Wednesday.
“Somehow we and every American parent were expected to be back to normal in under three months without income. I remember thinking to myself, ‘If the practical reality of pregnancy is another mouth to feed in your home and America is a country where most people are living paycheck to paycheck, how does 12 weeks of unpaid leave economically work?’ The truth is for too many people it doesn’t.” – via The Huffington Post
Currently the US law is twelve weeks unpaid leave for women but at the moment paid leave is not mandated. While some companies do offer pay for maternity leave, it’s only about 14% of Americans who fall into this small statistic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s also less likely for people of lower income to have access to paid leave. Hopefully these statistics can have a chance for improvement in the years to come. Until then, a lot more determined mothers like Hathaway herself will likely be shedding their voice on this argument until proper and fair revisions can be made. Let’s keep it going ladies!