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30 Issues | A (Lack of) History of Paid Family Leave


Out of 185 countries, the United States is one of just three that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave.

Ruth Milkman, sociology professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, author of Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy (ILR Press, 2013) and On Gender, Labor, and Inequality (University of Illinois Press, 2016), looks at the history behind America’s resistance to providing the employee benefit.

Listen to the first few minutes of the audio above for an audio tour of the history of paid family leave in this country, leading up to Governor Cuomo's recent State of the State in which he made an emotional pledge to bring paid leave to New York.


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 2016-05-03  22m