The lack of paid family leave inthe United States has significant consequences, both for familiesand the economy at large. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Of the 193 United Nationsmembers, the United States is one of only eight countries thatoffer no paid maternity leave. Of those eight, theUnited States is the sole superpower, and the only high-incomecountry. 

The closest our federalgovernment has come is the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).Signed into law by President Bill Clinton, FMLA requires coveredemployers to provide employees with twelve weeks of leave and jobprotection for qualified medical and family reasons like the birthof a child or to care for a seriously ill family member. But thatleave is unpaid. 

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