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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 too soon. getAbstract appreciates Shortall’s fervent effort to shine a light on this often-conveniently overlooked issue.

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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 image would depict a woman pumping breast milk in a toilet stall during her lunch break. The truth is that millions of women return to work days or weeks after giving birth, before they or their babies are physically and emotionally ready. American businesses and policy makers ignore the woes of working moms, believing that they, after all, chose to give birth and must bear the consequences.

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