When you look at what many of the rest of the wealthy countries do for families, you really have to wonder about the United States. There just isn’t much apparent value placed on us by society.
Perhaps the worst is that we often lag behind middle and low income countries in what we do for families. Pathetic.
We’re one of 5 countries out of 173 surveyed that don’t guarantee some sort of paid maternity leave, for example. 65 countries even give fathers paternity leave.
While many states do guarantee a woman’s right to breastfeed, the federal government does not. This puts us behind the 107 countries that do. Read the rest of this entry »