Megyn Kelly's passionate defense of maternity leave is a reminder that childcare is a nonpartisan issue.
Conservative women touting their mom credentials don't often support policies that make life easier on women and families, but Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly has become an unlikely advocate for mom-friendly policies. She laid the smack down on radio host Mike Gallagher, who had called maternity leave a "racket," reminding him and her viewers that the United States is in the "Dark Ages" compared to other countries when it comes to family leave policies. Check out this exchange:
Kelly: What a moronic thing to say […] Is maternity leave, according to you, a racket?
Gallagher: Well, do men get maternity leave? I can’t believe I’m asking you this, because you’re just going to kill me.
Kelly: Guess what, honey? Yes, they do. It’s called the Family Medical Leave Act. [...] I want you to know that the United States is the only country in the advanced world that doesn’t require paid maternity leave. Now I happen to work for a nice employer that gave me paid leave. But the United States is the only advanced country that doesn’t require paid leave. If anything, the United States is in the Dark Ages when it comes to maternity leave.\n
I hope conservatives take to heart Kelly's passionate defense of a parent's right to paid leave, especially now that more right-wing women are running for office. If childcare was seen as the nonpartisan issue that it is, women and their families would all be better off.