Here or there hundreds of them, phantom-like,
bobbing in place at street corners, then
lifting their knees suddenly and leaping
into the densest, loudest traffic
(of briefest trajectories, of shortest views),
in transit yet at ease, breathing, loping,
like bearers of distance and pure…
Finally, I can stop worrying about finding the perfect gifts for my loved ones.
I know now, after fifty years, that the finding/losing, forgetting/remembering, leaving/returning, never stops. The whole of life is about another chance, and while we are alive, till the very end, there is always another chance.
—Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
American women are offered 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which exempts companies with fewer than 50 paid employees, but in 2011, only 11 percent of private sector workers and 17 percent of public workers reported that they had access to paid maternity leave through their employer. And for first-time mothers, only about half can take paid leave when they give birth.
This is shameful - and Interesting given the amount of talk we hear about “family values.”
Republicans like to talk about “family values” but that’s all it is - talk.
Also…damn look at Canada.
I think it’s ridiculous that maternity leave is UNPAID here in the States.