Being a mother is a full time job. Now add in your actual full time job. Sounds very stressful. In this blog I am going to talk about a stressors for mothers who raise kids and have a full time job. That stressor is maternity leave.
The issue of maternity leave has gotten better to a certain extent. The U.S. has always been the one to fall behind other countries, especially when it comes to maternity leave. At one point in time having children for women meant not being able to have a career, since employers did not want to hire married women who was still of the age to have children. If they did hire her, her job security wasn’t that great.
Some of this is still here today. In job interviews you are not allowed to ask candidates about their age, marriage, or children/desire to have children, but employers still find a way around this very discreetly. Unfortunately for women in America comes at a high price.
A big help for maternity leave was the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993! 1993 y’all!!
This as far as I believe is the only law put in place that protects American women who have children with their jobs. The only downside is that this doesn’t promise them paid leave, but 12 weeks of unpaid leave. After 12 weeks your job is as secure as it was before and lead to termination if not returned by then.
This can be painful for the mother who wants to spend more time with her child, but has to rush back to work due to the fact that they need the money. The majority of families in the U.S. are dual income families. Without that second paycheck these new parents can find them self in a tight spot when it comes to their new financial responsibility.
This also doesn’t add into the fact of paternity leave. It is automatically assumed that only women need time off to be with the new born child, but he father is off back to his masculine role as the bread winner. This unfair for the father, mother, and the child that want to build a intimate tight bound with one another in the early stage of their child’s life.
I believe that the U.S. has a lot of stepping up to do. This unacceptable to treat hard working Americans and their families. This also shows how the discrimination against women in the workplace hasn’t changed much since they are still having to walk a tight rope between having a successful career and having a family (which is something the male doesn’t have to do.)
References – Articles and Images:
Lyons, J. (2016, March 11). Working Moms Who Make It Work: Real Advice for Young Professionals. Retrieved April 10, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenn-lyons/working-moms-who-make-it-_b_9439620.html
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Etehad, M., & Lin, J. C. (2016, August 13). Analysis | The world is getting better at paid maternity leave. The U.S. is not. Retrieved April 10, 2017, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/13/the-world-is-getting-better-at-paid-maternity-leave-the-u-s-is-not/?utm_term=.5d945bdd3c27
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Dutton, J. (2015, February 24). 13 Maternity Leave Horror Stories From Working Moms [Digital image]. Retrieved April 10, 2017, from http://thestir.cafemom.com/being_a_mom/181898/13_maternity_leave_horror_stories