Women Get Less Paid Leave

Women Get Less Paid Leave

I don’t understand. Women have reproductive circumstances that call for leave but otherwise their need for leave should be identical with males. Therefore, you would conclude that women would and should get more leave than men.

But they get less.

How does that work? What kind of decision making produces this outcome?

I had a look at the study and found no conclusions as to why this disparity exists. But it does tend to vindicate the view that there is still a long way to go before women attain equality in the workplace.

James Pilant

Women Get Less Paid Leave From Work Than Men | ThinkProgress

Women are far less likely than men to get paid leave from their workplaces, according to a new survey commissioned by American Women, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and the Rockefeller Family Fund. They are also less likely to get extended leave when they need it.

In a survey of likely voters in 2014, less than a third of women — 27 percent — reported that they were paid their full wage when they took leave, but nearly 40 percent of men were paid full wages. Meanwhile, 30 percent of women didn’t receive any pay at all, but that was true for less than a quarter of men.


Women were also less likely to get paid leave when they needed to take off more than seven days to care for themselves, a sick family member, or after the arrival of a new baby. Yet men and women have a similar need for this kind of leave.

A lack of paid leave doesn’t just make it hard for new parents or those caring for the sick and elderly to balance those needs with the demands of work. It can have serious impacts on women’s financial stability. A woman who gets 30 or more days of paid family leave is over 50 percent more likely to see her wages increase afterward than those who can’t take any paid time off. Women who receive partial pay or no pay at all during leave often struggle to get by, with a third borrowing money, dipping into their savings, and/or putting off bills, while 15 percent end up relying on public assistance. Even worse, a quarter have to quit or are let go from their jobs when a new child arrives because they can’t take paid leave.

via Women Get Less Paid Leave From Work Than Men | ThinkProgress.