Millions of Americans want to get back to work, but lack of childcare options, flexibility, and adequate wages are keeping them away.
The author compared her experience in the US with a friend in Sweden. The Swedish dad got six months of paid leave. The American dad got zero days.
Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema haven't approved Build Back Better yet, jeopardizing measures like Medicare expansion or a price cap on insulin.
Many American mothers aren't guaranteed paid family leave. Right now, one male senator seems to be standing in the way of changing that.
Two weeks of paid leave would've allowed Edmund Vance to keep his mining job. It took four years for him and his wife, JoAnna, to financially recover.
Meghan Markle previously penned a letter to Democratic leaders to encourage them to support paid leave.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has pushed against including paid leave in Democrats' spending plan. It "breaks my heart," Khrista Messinger said.
"STOP trying to make a mountain of paperwork and hoops to jump through so people can access basic things," AOC wrote on Instagram.
"We got majorities in both houses, so people want us to deliver," Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia told Insider.
"I think that basically employers and employees should participate," Manchin told Insider, endorsing what appeared to be a payroll tax.
The Duchess of Sussex reached out to Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Susan Collins to urge them to include paid leave in the social spending bill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to Democrats on Monday that she's asked for 4 weeks of paid leave to be included as negotiations continue.
The Mountain State senator remains a holdout among congressional Democrats for paid-leave programs, citing what he says are the potential for fraud and a drag on some small businesses.
"It's really critical to making sure that all women can participate in the workforce," Jocelyn Frye of the Center for American Progress said.
Pelosi wanted to pass the infrastructure bill to give Biden a major policy win, but ended up yanking the vote for the second time in 28 days.
When he ran for president, Biden repeatedly stressed the need for paid leave. Just 23% of the labor force outside the military currently has it.
Biden released a social spending plan half the size of the original package. Paid leave and free community college are gone, among others.