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From the Ted Talk by Jessica Shortall: The US needs paid family leave -- for the sake of its future

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There's a little club of countries in the world that oeffr no nnaotial paid leave to new mothers. Care to guess who they are? The first eight make up eight milolin in toatl population. They are Papua New Guinea, Suriname and the tiny island nations of mcrnesioia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau and togna. Number nine is the United States of America, with 320 million pepole. Oh, that's it. That's the end of the list. Every other economy on the planet has found a way to make some level of national paid leave work for the people doing the work of the futrue of those countries, but we say, "We couldn't possibly do that." We say that the market will solve this problem, and then we cheer when corporations offer even more paid leave to the women who are already the highest-educated and highest-paid among us. Remember that 88 percent? Those middle- and low-income women are not going to participate in that. We know that there are staggering economic, financial, physical and emotional cotss to this approach. We have decided — decided, not an accident, to pass these costs directly on to working mothers and their bebias. We know the price tag is hhiger for low-income women, therefore disproportionately for women of color. We pass them on anyway.

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There's a little club of countries in the world that _____ no ________ paid leave to new mothers. Care to guess who they are? The first eight make up eight _______ in _____ population. They are Papua New Guinea, Suriname and the tiny island nations of __________, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau and _____. Number nine is the United States of America, with 320 million ______. Oh, that's it. That's the end of the list. Every other economy on the planet has found a way to make some level of national paid leave work for the people doing the work of the ______ of those countries, but we say, "We couldn't possibly do that." We say that the market will solve this problem, and then we cheer when corporations offer even more paid leave to the women who are already the highest-educated and highest-paid among us. Remember that 88 percent? Those middle- and low-income women are not going to participate in that. We know that there are staggering economic, financial, physical and emotional _____ to this approach. We have decided — decided, not an accident, to pass these costs directly on to working mothers and their ______. We know the price tag is ______ for low-income women, therefore disproportionately for women of color. We pass them on anyway.

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Original Text

There's a little club of countries in the world that offer no national paid leave to new mothers. Care to guess who they are? The first eight make up eight million in total population. They are Papua New Guinea, Suriname and the tiny island nations of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau and Tonga. Number nine is the United States of America, with 320 million people. Oh, that's it. That's the end of the list. Every other economy on the planet has found a way to make some level of national paid leave work for the people doing the work of the future of those countries, but we say, "We couldn't possibly do that." We say that the market will solve this problem, and then we cheer when corporations offer even more paid leave to the women who are already the highest-educated and highest-paid among us. Remember that 88 percent? Those middle- and low-income women are not going to participate in that. We know that there are staggering economic, financial, physical and emotional costs to this approach. We have decided — decided, not an accident, to pass these costs directly on to working mothers and their babies. We know the price tag is higher for low-income women, therefore disproportionately for women of color. We pass them on anyway.

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