Paid Maternity Leave for All U.S. Women
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Paid Maternity Leave for All U.S. Women

    1. A R
    2. Petition by

      A R

      Hastings, United Kingdom

The Family and Medical Leave Act does not help families who cannot afford to miss a paycheck. Some women have complications during pregnancy that mean they use up FMLA leave before the baby is born. Other women suffer from post-natal depression or other issues that mean they need longer to recover. And all women deserve the right to spend quality time with their new babies without worrying about financial pressures. Studies show that babies benefit from the dedicated care of parents in the first few months of life. The World Health Organization says that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, but many mothers who choose to breastfeed are unable to keep going once they start back at work. The US lags behind the rest of the developed world in providing maternity leave. This is not just a woman's right but a children's right and a human right - all mothers should have the right to paid maternity leave for each pregnancy, no matter where they work.

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. Reuters Article from A Year Ago

      A R
      by A R
      Petition Organizer

      Here is an article from over a year ago talking about how the US is behind the rest of the world on this issue? Why has nothing changed? Because no one made it change - history shows us that Congress doesn't pass legislation without pressure from the people.

    3. Comments about "Parental" Leave

      A R
      by A R
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks everyone for signing - lets try to keep the momentum going. The comments you are all adding are great. Some people have been commenting that this should be a general "parental leave" policy. I want to make it clear that I think that dads should get paid leave too, as should parents who have children through adoption or surrogacy, and gay parents too. The petition will remain limited to maternity leave though because it's not right to change it after people have signed. I chose to focus on maternity leave because it is clear that getting any sort of progressive social legislation through this Congress is like getting blood out of a stone. We know that conservatives won't support this - and that they definitely won't support anything that includes "nontraditional" families. I thought we'd start with the thin end of the wedge. Your comments are inspiring - it is so great to hear from people who think the way I do. This is how things get changed. Keep sharing everyone!

    4. Reached 8,000 signatures
    5. Lets Join Forces

      A R
      by A R
      Petition Organizer

      A Washington lobbyist has offered to help with this campaign. Her message can be found at the link below and she has also created a Facebook page called "Lets do Something About This."

      Email her at letsdosomethingaboutthis (at) gmail (dot) com and maybe together we can really get some momentum behind this campaign.

      The previous generation of women achieved so much and they did it just by talking together as women (called "conciousness raising") about issues that they thought were just personal matters but that they actually shared in common with millions of other women. That's where the phrase "the personal is political" came from. Maternity leave isn't a personal issue women should struggle though, it is a political isue and lawmakers should pay attention.

    6. 4000 Supporters and Counting

      A R
      by A R
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks everyone for signing - lets keep sharing the petition and keep up the momentum. We've got another 3000 signatures since yesterday! You can share on Facebook, Twitter, on your personal blog, in the comments section of blogs/news articles/websites, or just by old-fashioned email. I would encourage everyone to add a reason for signing as well - the comments are great and reading them gives insight into the way this issue affects everyday Americans. Once we have a few thousand more signatures I will contact some local news outlets to inform them of the petition. I know we can reach 1 million signatures if we just keep sharing the petition with like-minded friends and family.

    7. Reached 4,000 signatures
    8. The petition for universal paid maternity leave has reached 1000 signatures

      A R
      by A R
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone. Thanks so much for signing my petition. I haven't looked at this in a while and I was so pleased to see 1000 signatures. If everyone who has signed the petition can get 10 like-minded friends to sign we will have 10,000 signatures. Please share this any way you can - Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. You must have friends who share your political views - get them to support this. The only way things change is if people make them change. We can do this. If you want to know more about me you can check out my personal blog at the link below.

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Lina Cruz WARNER ROBINS, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm a mother expecting my third and though I'm greatful for FMLA, Leave without pay dosnt help a growi g family with new founded expenses and stressess.

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    • Leanne Sedowski WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 2 years ago

      I think it is ridiculous that 163 other countries have paid maternity leave. Man up America.

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    • Nikki Tam LEWISVILLE, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Canada has 1-yr paid maternity leave for mother, and 1/2-yr paid maternity leave for father. Where are we in the US? Are we still in the stone-age?

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    • Nina Reed BOULDER, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      I have moved to the US from Norway, a country that understands how mothers should be treated, and I would hate to have to leave the US to have my babies in Norway, but as of right now that seems to be my only option if I don't wanna send them off to day care only weeks after birth. Something's gotta change, US!

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    • Laura Antonelli WEEDVILLE, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I am due in October!

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