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Meghan Advocates for Paid Leave for American Families in Powerful Letter to Congress

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex is showing her support for millions of American families in a powerful letter to Congress asking for paid family leave for all.

The open letter, which was published on the PaidLeaveForAll.Org website, is specifically addressed to Senate Leader Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent. And because you and your congressional colleagues have a role in shaping family outcomes for generations to come, that’s why I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mom – to advocate for paid leave,” Meghan begins.

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She goes into her own upbringing, how she started working at the age of 13 to help make ends meet,  how the pandemic lead to millions of women giving up their jobs to homeschool or look after loved ones and acknowledges that today, she doesn’t face the same challenges other families do when it comes to raising a family:

“…we weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work. We knew we could take her home, and in that vital (and sacred) stage, devote any and everything to our kids and to our family. We knew that by doing so we wouldn’t have to make impossible choices about childcare, work, and medical care that so many have to make every single day.”

Meghan also highlights how a number of countries already have useful paid leave policies in place:

“Estonia, for example, offers over a year and a half of leave to be shared by new parents. Many other countries have robust programs that give months of time for both parents (birth or adoptive) to be home with their child. The United States, in stark contrast, does not federally guarantee any person a single day of paid leave. And fewer than one in four workers has dedicated paid family leave through their employer. I’m sure you agree that if we are to continue to be exceptional, then we can’t be the exception.”

She ends her letter urging Congress to make paid leave “a national right.”

“So, on behalf of my family, Archie and Lili and Harry, I thank you for considering this letter, and on behalf of all families, I ask you to ensure this consequential moment is not lost.”

You can read the full letter HERE.

(Feature Image Credit: Naresh 777/Shutterstock)

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