John Oliver Marks Mother's Day with a Plea for Paid Maternity Leave

Before we move on from Mother’s Day, let’s take a moment with John Oliver to appreciate the grand irony of this particular holiday and its accompanying orgy of marketing: “In America, there is nothing we wouldn’t do for moms—apart from one major thing.” Which is, of course, paid maternity leave. Motherhood: we love it when we’re trying to sell wings and baseball tickets; we hate it when it costs a corporation sweet, sweet cash.

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“Mothers shouldn’t have to stitch together time to recover from childbirth the same way that we plan four-day weekends in Atlantic City,” Oliver says. Just because you might choose to spend time in a tub in either situation doesn’t make it the same.


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Just want to state this. "People should not have children if they cannot afford them!" Well, as a small business owner-"Business should not have EMPLOYEES if they cannot afford them." That means you should provide a decent salary, health benefits and paid time off, especially for family/medical related issues.