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While a handful of states, like California, offer modest paid maternal leave, there’s no federal guarantee of either paid maternal or paternal leave. We make mothers choose between spending a month with their newborn child or keeping a roof over their child’s head.”

"The US doesn’t even ensure that parents get leave that they can use for child care. For instance, a lot of parents (sadly) use vacation days when they need a day off to care for a sick child. But in the US — unlike in every other developed nation — there is no guarantee of paid vacation days.

Nor, of course, is there a guarantee of paid sick days.”

"Meanwhile…mothers face a five percent wage penalty for every child they have. The reason may be no more complicated than that they’re mothers. …There was no penalty against fathers.

If America Really Values Mothers…