Etsy continues its support of women by introducing a six-month paid parental leave policy for employees who’ve given birth or welcomed a new child through surrogacy or adoption. Don’t you love the tech companies that are shaming the rest of America’s businesses with stellar leave options?

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The online independent designer site—that’s long been invested in its woman engineers—remains on the upswing, according to The Cut. In a blog post entitled “Strong Families, Strong Business: A Step Forward in Parental Leave at Etsy,” the company’s director of culture and engagement Juliet Gorman announced the new policy for 26-weeks paid leave will begin in April and applies to all employees, both in America and abroad. Etsy has just under a dozen offices around the world.

We want to support and enable parents, regardless of their gender, to play equal roles in building successful companies and nurturing their families.

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This is a policy that our leadership team unanimously supports. We believe that what’s good for families is good for business. “When my wife and I adopted our son nearly four years ago, I took the full five weeks of leave we offered at the time,” says Chad Dickerson, Etsy CEO. “It was the most important way I could have spent that time. Building a company is a team effort that includes the immense support we get from our families. I’m excited that our new leave policy will strengthen families and, as a result, the company as a whole.”

This announcement comes on the heels of a number of tech outfits from Netflix to Spotify one-upping each other with more and more expansive parental leave programs. Perhaps America will one day reach Sweden’s level of parental support, which translates to about a year and a half of time for parents to bond with your baby. Keep parental leave shaming!


Contact the author at Hillary@jezebel.com.

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