2Center or American Progress | The Many Beneits o Paid Family and Medical Leave
As a resul, mos children are growing up in a amily wihou a ull-ime, say-a-home care-giver. In 2011, among amilies wih children, 40 percen were headed by wo working par-ens, and anoher one in hree (31.9 percen) were headed by a single paren.
Only abouone in ve children oday (20.7 percen) live in a amily wih a radiional male breadwin-ner/emale homemaker, compared o nearly hal (44.7 percen) a generaion ago.
Unorunaely, unlike our indusrialized compeiors, he insiuions around us—schools,churches, workplaces, and governmen—have no adjused a he same pace o reec herealiies o how our amilies work and live oday.
(see able 1) Te negaive consequencesresuling rom he lack o a ederal paid leave program are el across a variey o domains,rom individual homes o our economy wri large.
The United States—the paid leave outlier
International comparisons of parental leave—weeks of full-time equivalent paid and unpaid leave
Weeks of paid leave,in full-time equivalentsWeeks of unpaid leaveTotal weeks of leave(paid and unpaid)France22296318Spain18294312Germany47123170Sweden47116163Norway44106150Austria16100116United Kingdom136780Ireland214970Italy254469Australia95261Greece342660Japan263258New Zealand144054Canada282553Denmark203252Finland321648Belgium182543Netherlands162642Portugal181331United States02424Switzerland11314
Sources: Rebecca Ray, Janet C. Gornick, and John Schmitt, “Parental Leave Policies in 21 Countries: Assessing Generosity and Gender Equality”(Washington, D.C.: Center or Economic and Policy Research, 2008); Commonwealth o Australia, “Australia’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme: SupportingWorking Australian Families” (2009).