In a new op-ed, Ivanka Trump argues that a paid family leave policy will “benefit all working parents,” but particularly help women.
In the piece published in The Wall Street Journal, Trump writes:
While this policy will benefit all working parents, it will have an especially positive effect for women, who are far more likely than men to leave the workforce to provide unpaid care for a child. A 2012 study found that women who took paid family leave were more likely to be working a year after their child’s birth than those who didn’t take leave, and that women who took leave and returned to work were 39% less likely to report receiving public assistance than those who didn’t. Additionally, making it easier for new parents to return to work after the arrival of a new baby is a critical part of solving the persistent gender and minority pay gap that exists in part because of prolonged periods away from the workforce and challenges with re-entry.
The Trump Administration’s budget includes mandatory six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, an issue that Ivanka has been advocating for within the White House and at the Capitol.