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untitled huffpoHERE’S A SAD INDICATOR OF JUST HOW LITTLE WE DO FOR WORKING MOMS IN THE U.S.
by Emily Peck  / September 22, 2015

Is this really the best we can do?

This is glacial progress: The very best companies for working mothers in the U.S. were offering an average of just eight weeks of paid maternity leave in 2014, according to Working Mother magazine’s list of the 100 best companies, released on Tuesday.

That’s a record high, up from seven weeks in 2013 — and it’s a sad indicator of how little we do for women in this country.

These are the so-called “best” companies — a list that skews to professional, white-collar, higher-paid jobs. If you look at the bigger picture in the U.S., it’s instantly clear why these businesses earned the “best” label. Only 9 percent of American companies offer fully paid parental leave, according to data from the Families and Work Institute. Some women with hourly jobs are back at work as little as two weeks after giving birth, according to a recent

 

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