This generation of teenagers was raised hearing that girls could be anything they wanted — maybe even president. Many of them say it’s important for leadership to be more inclusive than in the past. But they are also cleareyed about the sexism female leaders face, as are their male peers.
The American workplace has increasingly expected what social scientists call undivided loyalty. People who work long hours are paid disproportionately more. Employers expect workers to be available on-demand. This has never been compatible with parenthood. It is a major reason that women stall in pay and promotions once they become mothers.
The bill he supported is limited; it works by allowing people to borrow from their future selves. It covers only leaves for babies or newly adopted children under 6; it does not cover care for sick family members or to take care of personal medical problems. And it does not guarantee that a person’s job is protected when taking the leave. The bill he supported is limited; it works by allowing people to borrow from their future selves.