June 13, 2010 7:50PM

If Only We Could Be More Like Djibouti, Haiti, and Afghanistan

When it comes to paid maternity leave, the United States is in the postpartum dark ages.

One hundred and seventy‐​seven nations — including Djibouti, Haiti and Afghanistan — have laws on the books requiring that all women, and in some cases men, receive both income and job‐​protected time off after the birth of a child.