Maternity leave: It’s a time where working moms are able to stay home and enjoy the time with their newborns. In many countries, a part of the time is paid for by employers, but unfortunately, in other countries, maternity leaves are unpaid — the U.S. Papua New Guinea, and Oman, for instance.
According to an infographic, Sweden is number one when it comes to the amount of paid leave that a mom can receive — 56 paid and 13 weeks unpaid. Croatia and Canada are second and third in the top ranks.
So how is it that one of the self-proclaimed most powerful nations in the world offers nothing to its mother citizens? Some believe it’s about gender equality. “In order to have gender equality, you must have maternity protection,” said Shauna Olney, chief of the International Labor Organization’s gender, equality and diversity branch, the Bellingham Herald reported.
The chart below also showed some of the top countries that have paternity and same-sex options as well.
Another report, prepared by the UN’s International Labor Organization, shows the U.S. offers new mothers fewer weeks of maternity leave than any other Western country. And the other two nations that don’t provide a Federal paid paternity leave also have high rights of crimes against women.
There are currently only a few states in the U.S. with mandated paid maternity leave: California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.