Monday, April 18, 2011

Maternity Leave: Shocking Disparity

Most nations in the world (97%) require employers to provide more than 10 weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers. Some nations, such as Denmark, offers a generous leave of 52 weeks with 100% of yearly income. Only four countries provide no paid leave: Lesotho, Papua New Guinea, Swaziland and the United States of America. Yes, the USA is one of the very rare countries on earth that doesn't provide paid maternity leave. Plus, it's the only industrialized nation without mandatory leave. Check out the numbers below for a quick global comparison.


United States
0 weeks off with 0% of yearly income

Hong Kong
10 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Ethiopia
12 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Mexico
12 weeks off with 100 of yearly income

Germany
14 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Israel
14 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Congo
15 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Costa Rica
16 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

France
16 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Singapore
16 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Spain
16 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Chile
18 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Cuba
18 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Hungary
24 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Ireland
26 weeks off with 100% of yearly income

Denmark
52 weeks off with 100% of yearly income


For a complete list of nations, click here.

1 comment:

  1. Yet we mistakenly believe we are the most socially and technologically advance country on the planet. Sad. I hope that this does not impact on you and your too much.

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