Day 46 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She supports paid leave – for every parent. And has for several decades.

Hillary started working for children when she was still in college. Her legacy since then has been significant. One of the differences between Hillary’s plan and Donald’s is that her paid leave applies to all parents and caretakers regardless of gender (pity the poor dad whose wife dies in childbirth who has no leave at all, in addition to all of the same sex couples, and people taking care of aging parents or otherwise in-need family members).

The US is the only industrialized nation with no comprehensive paid leave policy. In fact, the only other country without any paid leave policy is Papua New Guinea. Some other pertinent facts about paid leave:

  • More than 90% of employers affected by California’s paid family-leave initiative reported either positive or no noticeable effect on profitability, turnover, and morale.1
  • Women who took advantage of New Jersey’s paid-family-leave policy were far more likely than mothers who hadn’t to be working nine to 12 months after the birth of their child.2
  • These women are 39% less likely to receive public assistance and 40% less likely to receive food stamps in the year following a child’s birth compared to those who didn’t take any leave.2
  • Paid-leave programs can substantially reduce infant mortality rates and better a child’s overall health.3

  1. (from the President’s Council of Economic Advisors)
  2. (from the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University,)
  3. (A study of European leave policies by the University of North Carolina)