The Family and Medical Leave Act gives eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain medical and family reasons, including childbirth. But federal restrictions – such as the number of employees at a company – and gaps in enforcement mean some women in states like Alabama have to choose between maternity leave and keeping their jobs.
Elizabeth Sheth of Huntsville is one of two women engineers in her office, a mother of three, and a conservative Christian. She thinks the #metoo movement is important, but believes it sometimes goes too far, shaming all men. Sheth said the movement does not give women enough credit when it comes to personal responsibility. "[The movement] should also include what women can do [to prevent assault]," Sheth said, but stopped herself. "You can't say that without victim shaming." Sheth said she supports women's efforts to speak out, but finds #metoo hard to talk about without getting shamed for bringing up a woman's responsibility to defend themselves before raising a red flag to the media.
Tuskegee University has named Lily D. McNair as its next president. She will be the first woman president of the university in its 136-year history. McNair will begin her duties at Tuskegee on July 1, 2018. "When we launched our presidential search last October, our goal was to identify someone who could champion both Tuskegee's historic legacy and her place in the future of higher education," said John E. Page, chair of Tuskegee's Board of Trustees. "Our Board of Trustees is confident that Dr. McNair brings to Tuskegee the precise skill set required to ensure we continue thriving as one of the nation's leading HBCUs."