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Offering parental leave for new fathers could help close the gender gap, removing the unfair "motherhood penalty" women receive for taking time off after giving birth. However, a new study finds that parental leave also has a pay gap. Men are less likely to take time off, however, when they do, they're more likely to get paid for it.

A survey of 2,966 men and women conducted by New America found that men are more likely to receive paid parental leave. Over half (52%) of fathers had fully paid parental leave, and 14% of fathers had partially paid parental leave. In comparison, 33% of mothers had fully paid parental leave and 19% had partially paid parental leave.

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John Oliver Takes On America’s Terrible Maternity Leave Policies

The best gift for mom this season is federal laws mandating paid maternity leave.

The US has some of the worst maternity leave policies in the world—federal laws only require that companies give new mothers 12 unpaid weeks off. It’s an urgently important issue that doesn’t get much speech-play these days. But John Oliver made it the focus of his Mother’s Day episode of Last Week Tonight on Sunday, highlighting the hypocritical contradiction in a culture that celebrates mothers with a billion-dollar greeting card industry but won’t lend them the financial support they need to be present mothers.

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Do You Know Your Company’s Maternity Leave Policy? Submit it to This Tumblr.

The U.S. has some of the worst family leave policies in the world.

Portrait of a pregnant lady who probably didn’t have paid maternity leave either (because she was as rich as God, probably). Image via Wikimedia Commons/attributed to artist Marcus Gheeraerts.

The U.S. has some of the most pitiful family leave laws—in fact, it’s only one of four countries in the entire world that does not offer paid leave for new mothers (other countries are Papua New Guinea, Lesotho, and Swaziland). So, because there are no laws enforcing paid leave and other pretty basic benefits, family leave policies tend to vary wildly from company to company, based on the whims of the company’s leadership.

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