maternity leave

The United States is nearly alone in not offering paid parental leave. Two Senators have introduced a paid version of FMLA and a few states have taken matters into their own hands and are offering paid leaves to families. It might be time to move.

This fall, an estimated 12 million women will enroll in college. The number of women students surpassed men in 1980, and the gap has been widening ever since. Since 2011, more working women have held college degrees than working men. Of the 80 highest ranked schools in the country, here is a roundup of some of the best colleges for women.

Harvard economist Claudia Goldin explores how to fix the wage gap, and she breaks down how things work in law, finance and pharmacy. Guess which one is among the most egalitarian professions where women thrive. The solution isn't government programs or leaning in.
We took a closer look at the parental leave policies of some of our nation's richest corporations as well as the salaries of their CEOs. The CEO of General Electric took home $25 million, whereas that company offers a stingy two weeks of paid leave.

A new infographic from Women & Tech explores government-mandated paid maternity leave policies around the globe. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sweden comes in first place, offering 13 weeks at a fixed rate and a whopping 56 weeks at 80% pay. Waaaaay down at the bottom is the US of A, which does not require employers to prove any paid family leave. (The Family and Medical Leave Act requires only a certain amount of unpaid leave, and only for certain employers.)

Establishing a universal parental leave and benefits program should be the next big push toward gender equality in the United States so that women no longer have to choose between being a professional and being a mother. Why have we reached such an impasse?
After having a baby, women who get more control over their schedules are more likely to stay on the job. A large number of mothers who return to work subsequently leave the labor force.