Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has termed the United States a "international embarrassment" for not providing new moms with paid maternity leave, as many other industrialized countries do.
Sanders named 12 countries around the world where the government provides varied levels of paid maternity leave in a tweet on Monday. Mexico, Canada, France, and Spain are just a few examples.
"It's time we end that international embarrassment and finally guarantee paid family and medical leave in this country," Sanders' tweet continued.
According to a research published in 2020 by The Guardian, the United States is the only country among the world's 41 richest countries that does not provide paid maternity leave. Estonia topped the list, offering new mothers nearly 80 weeks of paid leave, plus their full wage for the first 1 1/2 years of their child's life.
Even Australia, the second-lowest country named, provided eight weeks of full-pay maternity leave and up to 18 weeks of total leave.