by Miriam Stone

Why Women’s Organizations Won’t Repair Our Mind-Body Split

How to juggle home and workplace? Who is responsible for helping families keep all those oranges in the air? These have been focal questions for feminists since the movement began. The passage of the U.S. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 1993 was a great victory. But thanks to restrictions in the act, more than 41 million people, or half of the country’s private workforce, are not covered under the act’s guarantee of unpaid, job protected leave, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families. And even if workers are guaranteed unpaid medical leave, many cannot afford to take it. And the act doesn’t come close to solving the many day-to-day conflicts that come up for parents—mainly women— who are pursuing careers and raising children simultaneously.

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