A paid parental leave policy for city employees will benefit our community. This policy—nearly universal among other developed nations—is positive for families. It will also help Lakewood attract and retain the talent necessary for high quality services, as more Ohio employers begin introducing parental leave benefits.
Paid parental leave is also more than a benefit, however. I have worked throughout my time at City Hall to adopt this policy because it is an important commitment to equality and fairness.
From the moment people are born in this world, giving birth to another generation is ruled out for half, by biological reality. Society’s entire future relies on most women giving birth. We need to acknowledge our collective dependence on that, and provide paid leave specifically for birth and recovery, rather than treat them like things everyone may go through. The leave available to those who will never give birth is just not adequate for those who do.
I appreciate the support from City Council which has at last made this policy possible, after years of work.