- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 28, 2016

Author Meghann Foye is causing a stir after she declared maternity leave is a perk all women should enjoy, regardless of whether they have children.

In an article Thursday for the New York Post, Ms. Foye, author of the new book “Meternity,” argued that all working women deserve some “me” time to focus on their personal lives.

“[A]fter 10 years of working in a job where I was always on deadline, I couldn’t help but feel envious when parents on staff left the office at 6 p.m. to tend to their children, while it was assumed co-workers without kids would stay behind to pick up the slack,” the 38-year-old wrote.

Ms. Foye said she ended up taking a “meternity” of her own and learned a lot about herself in the meantime.

“Bottom line: Women are bad at putting ourselves first,” she wrote. “But when you have a child, you learn how to self-advocate to put the needs of your family first. A well-crafted ‘meternity’ can give you the same skills — and taking one shouldn’t disqualify you from taking maternity leave later.”

The article sparked a wave of criticism, including by The Post’s own Kyle Smith, who called Ms. Foye’s proposal “childish.”

“Parents make the critically necessary sacrifice without which society would collapse like Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign: We shell out vast sums of money on everything from diapers to chess camp to prepare the next generation of taxpayers, who will be funding the retirement of people like the childless/childish Meghann Foye, whose pay-me-even-if-I-didn’t-do-anything attitude says not ‘imaginative social thinker,’ but ‘squeegee man,’ ” Mr. Smith wrote.

Glamour magazine’s Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy suggested, “Why not advocate for sabbatical time at your company, or more vacation time for everyone — looking at maternity leave as an unfair bonus for women who go through the process of having and raising a child is the attitude that makes it so hard to guarantee paid leave for parents in the U.S.”

SheKnows Media’s Claire Gillespie appeared to agree, writing, “Sorry, but until all moms get maternity leave, nobody else has the right to demand it.”

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