Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
The National Partnership for Women & Families released a new report that assigns grades to states based on their laws protecting new parents, like paid parental leave, paid sick days, and laws to accommodate breastfeeding mothers. While many of these laws benefit both moms and dads, they're certainly more important for women, since we actually have to give birth and all.
Only two states–California and Connecticut—got an "A." Eighteen states got a big old "F" for doing nothing help new, working parents. This is the first time the group has scored states like this, and the overall grade for the US is pretty grim: