Summary of The US Needs Paid Family Leave – for the Sake of Its Future

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The United States is the only major economy in the world that doesn’t offer working women any national paid maternity leave. Social entrepreneur Jessica Shortall chastises Americans for allowing working moms to bear the main financial, physical and emotional burden of birthing and raising children, and gives an impassioned call for action. To buttress her case, she relays the harrowing stories of several new parents who returned to work to soon. getAbstract appreciates Shortall’s fervent effort to shine a light on this often-conveniently overlooked issue.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why stock photo images of happy working moms are harmful,
  • Why giving birth and returning to work are not choices, and
  • How national paid parental leave would help American families while improving the US economic outlook.

About the Speaker

Social entrepreneur Jessica Shortall is a strategy consultant, working mom and author of Work. Pump. Repeat.



If you enter the words “working mother” into a search engine, you’ll find countless staged images of happy women at their computers with smiling babies on their laps. These pictures deliver a false message that mothers of newborns can easily and successfully juggle home and work life. A more accurate...

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