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Why America Hates Maternity Leave


Why is the United States the only developed nation that offers no federally mandated paid maternity leave? Cristen and Caroline trace the origin of America's paltry postnatal care to World War II and the business behind the American Dream.

Episode sources:

"How America ended up with the worst maternity leave laws on Earth." http://theweek.com/articles/445827/how-america-ended-worst-maternity-leave-laws-earth

"Lots of Other Countries Mandate Paid Leave. Why Not the U.S.?" http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/07/15/422957640/lots-of-other-countries-mandate-paid-leave-why-not-the-us

"Marissa Mayer's Maternity Leave Is None of Our Business." http://www.themarysue.com/marissa-mayers-maternity-leave-is-none-of-our-business/

"Marissa Mayer's Two-Week Maternity Leave Is Bullsh*t." http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/03/marissa-mayer-s-two-week-maternity-leave-is-bullsh-t.html

"Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns: 1961 - 1995." https://www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/p70-79.pdf

"Not All Netflix Workers Will Get 'Unlimited' Parental Leave." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/certain-netflix-workers-dont-get-new-unlimited-parental-leave_55c38156e4b0f1cbf1e3edf6

"The Real War on Families: Why the U.S. Needs Paid Leave Now." http://inthesetimes.com/article/18151/the-real-war-on-families

"When it comes to maternity leave, Latinas may have it the worst." http://fusion.net/story/133070/when-it-comes-to-maternity-leave-latinas-may-have-it-the-worst/

Academic insights:

"Government Support for Working Families and for Communities: Family and Medical Leave as a Case Study." Lenhoff, Donna R. and Bell, Lissa. National Partnership for Women & Families. http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/work-family/fmla/fmla-case-study-lenhoff-bell.pdf

"Unprotected Sex: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act at 35." Brake, Deborah L. and Grossman, Joanna L. Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy. http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1247&context=djglp

Topics in this Podcast: health, pregnancy, motherhood, working moms, maternity leave


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