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Bloomberg columnist Claire Suddath argued in a new article on Wednesday that no paid family leave and abortion laws could be a new “tipping point” for working women.
The article, titled ‘It’s getting harder and harder to be a woman in America’, insists that women are now falling behind in the job market due to a lack of financial support and rights. to abortion.
“The United States welcomes women’s employment and economic advancement, but does not actually support it. We have finally reached a breaking point,” Suddath wrote.
In light of the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June, she recalled several ways the United States allegedly failed women. Among other things, she criticized the inability to take paid family leave as well as the verdict of the Johnny Depp-Amber Head trial.
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“These facts are circling in my mind. They don’t seem related, but they are not. They are the by-product of a system that is working as intended: enabling the employment and economic advancement of women without actually support them,” Suddath said. .
While she acknowledged the cost of paid family leave would be costly, she continued to lament how “America’s indifference to women is hurting its economy.”
She wrote, “We don’t seem to want to fix any of this. To give American women the kind of economic and social support enjoyed by their peers in other countries would cost hundreds of billions of dollars. But the option we are left with , expecting women to go it alone, arguably costs just as much.”
She also said the Council on Foreign Relations has estimated the economy could grow by $4.3 trillion in five years if women “participate” in the labor force as much as men.
“This argument has always made me uncomfortable; why do we need an economic incentive to do the right thing? But it’s a helpful reminder. There’s no upside in the way we do things now. And yet America still refuses to act,” she added. wrote.
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As several states now enact bans or restrictions on abortion, Suddath said women are losing their “intimacy” and “progress”.
“And the state now dictates whether a pregnant woman in distress should live or die, or whether we want to be pregnant at all. If some aspects of in vitro fertilization are criminalized, it could soon decide who is also allowed to become a parent. We lose our privacy and our ability to earn a living We live in the wealthiest economy on the planet, but we feel like we’re only getting poorer My daughter will grow up in what seems to be the period most precarious recent memory of being a woman in America. Fifty years of progress crumbles,” Suddath wrote.
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She concluded, “But it’s not getting better. Right now it’s getting worse. And so women keep making more concessions. We’re giving up our careers, our autonomy, ourselves. We’re working in hospital hallways , pump in the broom cupboards We try to keep We have to do it Without us everything falls apart.