Feminists Sound Off on This Week's Progress for Paid Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) instead currently provides workers with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, and only 60 percent of Americans can access even that, due to limitations on the number of employees a business has. All told, only about 19 percent of workers in the U.S. have access to paid family leave.

This week, feminists scored a hard-won victory in this arena: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Carolyn Maloney succeeded in expanding paid leave coverage for federal employees, inserting a provision providing 12 weeks of paid parental leave into the current defense authorization bill. “If this agreement is signed, it would be a victory for 2.1 million workers,” Maloney observed. “Parents would finally be able to have a child without worrying about their paychecks coming to a halt.”

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