Pronita Gupta submitted this testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means as part of a hearing titled “Paid Family and Medical Leave: Helping Workers and Employers Succeed.”
For Women's History Month, we're taking a look at key policies that would improve job quality for women, particularly low-income women and women of color, and result in increased workforce participation, improved financial stability, and long-term economic mobility.
Delaying a national paid leave policy has real economic, social, and moral costs that will last for generations. A recent report from the WORLD policy Analysis Center shows the U.S. is lagging behind on paid family and medical leave.
Workplace conditions and employer policies are taking an incredible toll on Black maternal health. Increasing access to health care and paid family and medical leave will have a huge benefit for Black mothers and their children.