Posted by Ashley Fox on December 02, 2016 at 10:44 AM
Paid leave will increase women’s participation in the labor force and reduce the gender wage gap.
- Currently, women in the District are 9% less likely than men to be in the workforce and women who do work are paid on average $8,474 less per year than their male counterparts.
- 11 weeks of guaranteed paid parental leave is estimated to boost women’s participation in the workforce by about 7%-8%. This will be good for the economy and reduce their reliance on public benefits, both during and after the leave.
- Women’s access to paid leave in California was linked to a 7 percent higher hourly wage after childbirth.