Earlier this week, Donald Trump unveiled his plan for six weeks of paid maternityleave. Given the GOP’s avoidance of the issue, it seemed likethe right step forward for the candidate, who hasn’t done favorablywith female voters.

Soon after, Trump’s daughter hit the campaign trail to make herfather’s case for the new child-care and maternity leave policies.In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Ivanka shared some furtherdetails of the plan, including:

  • “So [the maternity leave policy] is meant to benefit … themother who has given birth to the child if they have legal marriedstatus under the tax code.”

  • “The original intention of the plan is to help mothers inrecovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.”

  • “The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be insame-sex marriages or not.”

Ivanka cut the interview short after saying the reporter’s lineof questioning was filled with “negativity.” Given her statements,I have a few questions myself for Ivanka and Mr. Trump.

First, let me cut to the chase and say what so many were and arethinking: Paid maternity leave is nolonger novel — paid parental leave is.

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