29 May '12, 1pm
The USA is the one and only industrialized nation that offers zero paid maternity leave.
is awesome and informative, yet ultimately depressing. Not that this is ground breaking depressing news, but we do love how point blank the statistics look in this colorful map. In case you didn’t know, for years the United States has held the distinction of being the one and only industrialized nation in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave for parents of newborns. We earned this discouraging space in the world back in June 2010 when Australia passed a maternity leave law guaranteeing many parents 18 weeks of maternity leave at the federal minimum wage. Australia had been resisting paid leave for a long while, but finally got on board, and when they did, the U.S. was left alone in their horrid treatment of new parents. Basically, if you’re considering raising a family in the U.S., good luck getting any sort of financial support.