Are Moms Still Treated Unfairly This Mother's Day?

While splurging on a mom is a sweet gesture, think about how often American mothers are genuinely supported in their work to birth and raise the next generation. The United States, for instance, is the only industrialized country without paid maternity leave. Only 12% of employees have that workplace benefit, and the federal law that guarantees unpaid job-protected leave for new mothers and parents only covers 59% of workers. While equal numbers of men and women don't have paid sick days, mothers are far more likely to take time off to care for ill children or family members. That isn't just generosity; it's a sacrifice that research shows can cost women a day's pay, their jobs and even future potential earnings.