Ms. Magazine is reporting that women are taking far less maternity leave than they used to. The US Census Bureau...
Ms. Magazine is reporting that women are taking far less maternity leave than they used to. The US Census Bureau reported their new findings on Monday; (see PDF). This report notes that fewer women quit their job after giving birth than in the 60s - although frankly the 60s were so long ago that I don't think that statistic is breaking news. Who here didn't think that fewer women stay at home now? Really? The report also found that, "67.2 percent of women in 2000 worked during their pregnancies, as compared to 44.4 percent in 1961." The study sites educational advances and age as decision factors, plus of course the added need for a second income. I think much of it has to do with the fact that we have some of the worst maternity leave laws in the world. The US is one of the only places you'll find with such poor leave standards, and that includes the fact that almost 100% of us don't receive paid leave. It's honestly ridiculous. Almost as if we're one, being seriously penalized for having families, and two, on a broader scale I think it sets up this society for how we look at and value family time. While I'm at it, I should also add that it makes it seem like women who do stay at home hold less value. Lameness all around. In fact, let's just talk about maternity leave today. Because now I'm upset - this is one of my major pet peeves about the US. Later today, more links about maternity leave, including some helpful articles I know of about how to score income while on maternity leave.

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