The need for a paid family leave policy in the U.S. is urgent. Demands on working families have grown dramatically over recent decades.
A growing body of evidence shows children fare better when their parents have access to leave, and individuals are more likely to take leave when it’s paid. Fathers’ access to paid parental leave can improve gender equity in the household, fathers’ involvement in childcare and outcomes for children.
Finally, national economic growth is dependent upon strong labor force participation by both men and women. The AEI-Brookings Paid Family Leave report offers ideas for moving forward.
– Aparna Mathur, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute