As we have discussed lately, The United States is one of only 3 countries in the entire world that does not offer guaranteed paid maternity leave for new mothers. No one can deny just how outrageous this is - an embarrassment really.
Over 88% of women are effected by this lack of paid leave. While FMLA (Federal Medical Leave Act) guarantees your job be held for up to 12 weeks after a baby is born, there is not a guarantee that you will be paid.
While quite a few of the top US tech companies are beginning to make headway in the parental leave department, offering 20-52 weeks of paid leave for either parent after birth, most companies offer little to no compensation.
Families have recently taken this issue into their own hands. Websites such as GoFundMe have become the platform for families (new mothers specifically) to reach out for funding so that they can afford to take time off from work after having a baby.Continue reading