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

Of the 193 United Nations members, the United States is one of only eight countries that offer no paid maternity leave. Of those eight, the United States is the sole superpower, and the only high-income country. 

The closest our federal government has come is the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). Signed into law by President Bill Clinton, FMLA requires covered employers to provide employees with twelve weeks of leave and job protection for qualified medical and family reasons like the birth of a child or to care for a seriously ill family member. But that leave is unpaid. 

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