Politicians claim to support working moms. John Oliver pointed out on his immensely popular show, “Last Week Tonight,” these same politicians recently voted against a bill that would extend maternity leave and provide other benefits for a working mom.
“You can’t have it both ways,” Oliver states. “You can’t go on and on about how much you love moms and then fail to support legislation that makes life easier for them.”
As a result, the United States offers working moms some of the fewest benefits and legal protections in the world. In fact, only the U.S. and Papua New Guinea are the only countries that do not guarantee paid time off for new moms.
“Just us and Papua New Guinea,” Oliver said. “That is as unlikely a pairing as Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon. Separately, great, but if it’s just the two of them with no one else, it makes you feel like one of them has taken their eye off the ball: Reese.”
Even the laws that do help a working mom by guaranteeing job-protected unpaid maternity leave don’t apply to 40% of women in the workforce.
“If a worker with no paid leave goes into labor at work, she better hope it’s on her lunch hour and that her co-workers don’t mind if the break room gets a bit messy,” he said.