40-year-old Meghan Markle wrote an appeal to the US Congress, in which she advocated the introduction of paid parental leave throughout the country. She noted that during the coronavirus pandemic, the situation in many families has become extremely difficult – many women were forced to quit to be at home with their children when kindergartens and schools were closed.
A working mom or parent faces conflict over whether to stay at home or go to work. Both cost them dearly
She also said that similar situations have already arisen many years ago, when people spent a lot of time and energy for the dream of stability. She also remembered her childhood, which was difficult. The Megan family did not bathe in luxury, and she herself had to work from an early age.
I grew up on a $ 4.99 salad bar at the Sizzler. I remember my feelings at that time: I knew how hard my parents worked so that I could afford it, because even a five dollar cafe meal was something special for me and I was happy.
– she shared.
The Duchess said that at the age of 13, she started working in a frozen yogurt shop, where she did a variety of jobs (serving tables, babysitting) to cover her needs.
I've worked my whole life and saved money when I could. But even that was a luxury, because usually it was about making ends meet and having enough funds to pay the rent and refuel the car.
– noted the duchess.
Megan also noted that he and Harry were lucky that after the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana, they were able to devote themselves entirely to her.
Like all parents, we were filled with joy. Like many parents, we were shocked. As fewer parents, we are not faced with the harsh reality of choosing whether to spend those critical first months with the baby or return to work. We knew we could take her home and, at this vital stage, devote ourselves to our children and our family. We knew that if we did this, we would not have to make the unthinkable childcare, work and healthcare choices that many people have to make every day.
– wrote Megan.
She added that no family should be faced with such a choice and cited examples of other countries that have paid parental leave policies.
Paid leave should be a national law, not an option limited to those whose employers adhere to the rules or to those who live in one of the few states that have a vacation program. So, on behalf of my family, Archie, Lily and Harry, I thank you for considering this letter, and on behalf of all families, I ask you to take care that this important point is not overlooked.
– she concluded her message.