Things are so unequal in so much of the world, that we can slip into, “Yeah, but things aren’t perfect everywhere...” thinking.

Despite some 40-weeks of on the ground international reporting for my second book, I thought that about America and gender for a long time. It was during the reporting on my most recent book that I discovered that while patriarchies are everywhere, a lot of what women-- particularly working mothers face here-- is distinctly American. Particularly the judgement women face for wanting to work outside the home, the stigma of single mothers compared to many countries, and the lack of any paid parental leave compared to pretty much every other place in the world.

If you want to deny women economic self-sufficiency, not allowing them any time to recover after giving birth and then forcing them to up their work volume to “prove again” how dedicated they are after becoming mothers, while you remove projects and promotions for them is a great way to do it...