Women’s Economic Opportunity
February 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
You’ll soon find that I have a fetish with infographics. This one is a bit old, but clever and clear nonetheless.
I find it odd (embarrassing?) that the United States is now the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have a federal law mandating paid maternity leave (see this NPR map). Some states provide such laws, but not the federal government. Supposedly a majority of women now have paid maternity leave provided notwithstanding, but that majority is a bare 50.8%. We’re guaranteed 12 unpaid weeks off, but that might not matter if we loose our job.
If someone has a good justification as to why these circumstances exist in the US when they have been abolished elsewhere, I invite you to teach me via email/comment. I’ve heard the argument about hiring discrimination (that companies will avoid hiring a 30-year-old female because she is likely to get pregnant), but that doesn’t seem to haunt any of the other nations that have mandated maternity leave.
There are no doubt consequences to this lack of ours…for infants, for women, and for the men and companies those women support.
There is also other, more interesting information in this video, so watch if you please.
For fairness’ sake, do note that their measure (the “Women’s Economic Opportunity Index“) is only in it’s first phase of development.