Thursday, October 06, 2005

Motherhood's Worth

In France mothers get at least six months of maternity leave.

Canadian mothers get a whole year. Fifty of the fifty-two weeks are paid.

Australian mothers get twelve months off, three months paid.

Japanese mothers get fourteen weeks.

In the United States, maternity leaves, on average are twelve weeks.

Canada: twelve months. United States: twelve weeks.

Yes, I know Canadians pay a lot more taxes than we do. A significant amount.

However...a considerable amount more in taxes and an entire year off, with job security versus twelve weeks with my son and lower taxes.

Oh, and French fathers get two weeks and many working parents are allowed Wednesdays off (as French children get Wednesdays off from school...though with that option they can get a small salary reduction.


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