A Wonderful and Predictable Part of Life

When I was pregnant with my first child, I asked my employer about the office’s leave policy. My supervisor was stunned by the question: “Leave? What leave? Women just leave.” When I replied that I didn’t intend to leave, the response was “That’s never happened before.”

That was an unacceptable answer for me—and sadly, many workers hear similar words to this day when they need family and medical leave from their jobs to care for themselves and their families.

As a society, we must decide how we want to treat families.

If a woman wants to have a child, should she be forced to choose between staying home with her newborn and receiving her paycheck? Or should we, as a nation, finally recognize that having a baby is a wonderful and predictable part of employees’ lives that we should support?

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