Encouraging Family and Gender Equality in the U.S. Governments of most of the more affluent countries around the world offer support to parents and newborn children. In general there is a significant gap between the U.S. and other nations in statutes and employer offerings for family leave benefits. The weakness of U.S. policy places additional burdens upon impoverished families and women. This essay considers how current U.S. leave policy, compares with other industrial nations and offers reasons behind changes that I would recommend making to the policy to encourage family and gender equality. The U.S. offers 24 weeks of protected non transferable unpaid leave for both parents ranking it 20th out of 21 nations in the protected leave...The end:
..... opportunity to receive paid leave at less than FTE, say 70% for year 1, 60% for year 2, and 50% for year three. Lower income families would receive higher FTE pay for similar periods. This would encourage equity through all income levels. Current U.S. policy on parental leave is devastating to family and gender well being in America. A country like the U.S. priding itself on abundance and equality could do so much better in family leave policy if it just stopped worrying about the socialism label and paid attention to human need. Works Cited Ray, Rebecca, Gornick, Janet C., & Schmidt, John. “Parental Leave Policies in 21 Countries: Assessing Generosity and Gender Equality.” Center for Economic and Policy Research. Washington,D.C. 2009.