Paid maternity leave is a bad idea, especially compared to neutral benefits and policies like paid family leave, which respects all workers and not just women for having human needs, reasons Brigid Schulte. By covering only women, paid maternity leave reinforces traditional gender roles in the workplace, which significantly contributes to negative ramifications for women, like receiving less pay than men, she adds. Schulte asserts that instead of lobbying for the restrictive paid maternity leave, Americans should strive for paid family leave, which would mean expanded choices for more members of the family.
There are many benefits of paid maternity leave, which is beneficial for women, children, the workforce and society, writes Sara Ashley O'Brien in a CNN interview with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. Not only is paid maternity leave seen as an incentive for women to stay at their jobs long-term, it also reduces health issues, writes O'Brien. She cites a statistic provided by Wojcicki that nearly 25% of American women go back to work only ten days after giving birth, which, Wojcicki says, results in belated health costs that could be avoided if mothers just had more time to be at home and recover and bond with their babies to begin with.