It’s me again. Sorry I still haven’t formerly introduced myself, so for now will go with my statistical and political demographic description.
I’m going to jump back on that band wagon about the fact that you are running for president. I’m sure you’ve noticed we have some serious issues on hand. And someone, needs to take charge and do something about it.
I’m listening to what you are saying and boy are you off!
Everything I hear you, and your opponents for that matter, say, only adds to the chaos of the world. We are spinning out of control and for some reason or another, or maybe its God’s destiny planned for the USA the whole world looks to the US to do something about it. And we DO NOTHING.
We huff and we puff about the privilege it is to be an American but honestly, these days our money is hardly where our mouth is. In fact, some say they don’t know where the money goes. I at least admit I have an pretty good idea of where the bottleneck seems to be.
Let’s bring up an issue that you should have a pretty strong opinion on, one even that can separate you from your opponents even more; Maternity Leave.
The Navy announced late last week that it is tripling the amount of paid maternity leave that female sailors and Marines can take after the birth of a child.
The change, ordered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, makes the Navy the first military service to provide more than the current six weeks of leave. This is a big step and bravo to whoever stepped in and figured out we women NEED this!
“Meaningful maternity leave when it matters most is one of the best ways that we can support the women who serve our country,” Mabus said in a July 2 statement. “This flexibility is an investment in our people and our services, and a safeguard against losing skilled service members.”
I’m a little jealous I have to admit. Do you have to fight and risk your life in order to get the time we should naturally be decreed to have with our children? Isn’t that part of our NATURAL BORN rights as women who become mothers? Why do we not already have programs like this in this country. Last I understood we were among the “developed” nations in the world.
“When the women in our Navy and Marine Corps answer the call to serve, they are making the difficult choice to be away from their children — sometimes for prolonged periods of time — so that they can do the demanding jobs that we ask them to do,” Mabus said.
Well, excuse me, but women get called to service in all different types of careers. I know plenty of mothers who never held a gun, who didn’t “serve” our country in the military but made the same choice.
Maybe in all honesty, this is the real problem.
Maybe as they say Peace really does begin at Home.
God, if you are brave enough to tackle this issue I hope at least you get some medical professionals on your side and some developmental psychologists so you can draft a law that is in accordance with raising a happy and healthy baby and ensuring that they have a better chance at being happier and healthier adults.
The current health statistics of our country says plenty.
Did you know, I’m sure you do since you’ve travelled all over the world that in Finland, you’d have plenty of time to prep for baby’s arrival. Paid maternity leave starts 50 days before your due date and continues for four months after giving birth.
In France, a mother’s postpartum leave is taken pretty seriously.French women are guaranteed 100 percent of their pay for 16 weeks (six weeks before birth and 10 weeks after). For families with two children, women can take an additional 2.5 years of job-protected family leave and their partner can take six months.
In Australia, there is no maternity leave. There is “parental leave,” meaning either mom or dad can take government-paid leave for up to 18 weeks. Or they can share the leave. One parent, for example, could use 10 weeks and the other eight.
On the other hand, only half of all first-time mothers in the US take any paid leave that payment usually comes from other benefits such as vacation time, sick days or short-term disability coverage. Only about 13 percent of the private sector workforce is employed by companies that offer designated paid family leave.
Maybe you should look into the bill at the federal level that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) have introduced. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), which would provide 12 weeks of paid leave through an insurance system financially supported by employees and employers.
Personally, I haven’t looked at the bill to decide if it’s comparable to the rest of the world. That’s your job.
All I do know is ours sucks, and as a woman, as a presidential candidate you have the power to change that. Will you?
I hope my daughter will live in a different world than what is today.
Live and Learn. We All Do.
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