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Anne Hathaway Just Nailed Why America Needs Stronger Parental Leave

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Anne Hathaway Just Nailed Why America Needs Stronger Parental Leave

Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly love her more, Oscar-winning actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway took a strong stance against U.S. parental leave policies in a speech she delivered to the United Nations on International Women’s Day. But she was also advocating for men, effectively schooling those pesky meninists on what feminism is all about: the equality, security, and success of the sexes.

“Somehow we and every American parent were expected to be back to normal in under three months without income,” she said. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘If the practical reality of pregnancy is another mouth to feed in your home and America is a country where most people are living paycheck to paycheck, how does 12 weeks of unpaid leave economically work?’ The truth is for too many people it doesn’t.”

She’s right. The truth is that the United States only guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid leave and is the only industrialized nation without paid family leave despite being the most wealthy nation on earth, with only 14% of Americans having any kind of paid family leave.

You can watch her speech here:

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