"Did you know that the US is the only developed nation in the entire world that doesn't offer paid family leave?" asks Milla Jovovich, in a new video PSA released by the advocacy group American Women. Her partners in outrage include Jemima Kirke, Kathleen Hanna, and Maggie Gyllenhaal (plus some pretty awesome dudes - shoutout to you, Joe Caputo).
And you know what? The 5th Element star is right. While it is true that every industrialized nation (even Pakistan) gets at least some paid family leave, in the US only about 13% of workers have access.
As the video explains, infants need to bond with their parents after childbirth, “and it’s really hard to do that when you might lose your job or not be able to pay your rent unless you go back to work.” The alternative, of course, is to go into debt, to fund those important first weeks through credit cards.
Kathleen Hanna goes on to share her idea for convincing politicans to enact change. “Here’s what I want to know,” she says, “who do I have to [[bleep]] to get some paid family leave around here?”
Ironically, even that idea wouldn’t help in this country. Congress already gets paid family leave. Now they need to share it with the rest of us.