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Interviews of, and Articles about, Sonia Pressman Fuentes

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Sonia Pressman Fuentes

Letters To The Editor

Sonia's Letter to the Editor about paid maternity leave appeared in the October 9, 2009 issue of The Forward:

On Maternity Leave, America May Be Alone

Your September 18 editorial “Family Values” states: “But this is America, one of only two industrialized nations in the world without paid maternity leave (the other is Australia).”

Your statement about Australia will no longer be true as of January 1, 2011. The Australian government has announced that it will introduce a comprehensive paid parental leave scheme for new parents who are the primary care-givers of a child born or adopted on or after that date.

Starting January 1, 2011, the United States will be the only industrialized nation in the world without paid maternity leave unless Congress passes legislation to provide for such leave effective before then.

Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Sarasota, Fla.

The writer is a co-founder of the National Organization for Women.