Undeniable fact: babies are ridiculously cute. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at these photos:
One thing babies are definitely not? Scary.
Yeah, those babies couldn’t be scary if they tried.
But do you know what can make having a baby seem scary? The lack of support for parents here in America. From the lack of paid family leave to the rising costs of child care, we’re putting parents in a very tough position. That’s the theme we explore in our new video, Baby Outbreak.
The United States portrayed in Baby Outbreak is a bleak one: new parents aren’t guaranteed any paid time off to care for their babies, and child care costs are out of reach. Parents need to earn a living to keep a roof over their family’s heads and food on the table, so staying home from work to care for their children isn’t an option. What are desperate parents to do? They only have one choice: bring their new babies to work.
This sets off a satirical epidemic where adorable babies are taking over America’s workplaces. From emergency White House press conferences to quarantined work areas, the video shows how America is grappling with the “terrifying” baby outbreak. Luckily, there’s a way to end the epidemic once and for all. You’ll have to watch to find out what it is, but it may or may not have something to do with paid family leave and affordable child care.
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Okay, so the idea of babies taking over the workplace is pretty funny, but do you know what isn’t? That’s especially ridiculous when you realize that 76 percent of voters in America support establishing paid family and medical leave, which would give all parents paid time off to take care of and bond with a new child.
Likewise, babies aren’t actually scary, but America’s out of reach child care costs are. In more than 33 states, child care now costs more than in-state college tuition. At the same time, child care providers struggle to get by on less than a living wage. Luckily, voters want to change things. Seventy-five percent of voters support making quality, affordable child care options available nationally, and that number jumps to 96 and 94 percent when you ask Black and Latina women, respectively.
What does that mean? That issues like paid family leave, affordable child care and raising provider wages are huge priorities for people across America, and we need to keep the pressure on our leaders and elected officials to do something about them. That’s what we’re doing with Baby Outbreak, and that’s what we’ll keep doing until paid family leave and quality, affordable child care are a reality for everyone. Because, as Baby Outbreak aptly reminds us, starting a family shouldn’t feel like the end of the world.