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.