Being a mother isn't easy, but in some parts of the world, the role is made a little less stressful. Certain countries seem to totally get all the odds that are stacked against moms, and even try to offset the struggle. With that being said, here are four things the United States should learn from Canada where maternal rights are concerned, because what Canada's got going on should definitely be emulated — our mothers deserve it.
In sizing up what Canada has to offer, the United States pretty much fails its mothers across the board. For one, health care for mothers is truly lacking in quality here in the United States, especially for low-income families or families living in rural areas who have limited access to insurance offerings. Another huge issue? Working moms aren't guaranteed paid leave in the United States. Combine these two shortcomings together, add unaffordable child care options only, and how can you expect anyone to raise a safe, healthy family? These systematic, structural issues are accented by other, more specific ones that target different demographics to varying degrees. LGBT families in Canada, for example, are taken into account to a greater degree than they are in the United States.
Not convinced? Read the ideas below and see for yourself — and maybe imagine, just for a second, what it looks like to live in a society where mothers are protected, valued, and celebrated by public policy.