The highlight of the Donald Trump campaign so far this week has been the introduction of his child care plan, which calls for six weeks of paid maternity leave. His proposal for paid leave is noteworthy because A. it would remove the U.S. from the lowest rung of paid maternity policies (the current law guarantees zero paid time off), and B. it’s coming from a Republican. In the U.S., conservatives have long resisted any mandatory time off for new moms since they see it as conflicting with the pillar of their orthodoxy that espouses a limited federal government.
Trump flouted that long-held stance in introducing his plan, which he did alongside his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
But American women can be forgiven for not being floored by his proposal—or Hillary Clinton’s for that matter. I compared the candidates’ plans to those in peer nations, and—surprise!—the proposals don’t fare very well.