During a town-hall meeting in New Hampshire on Friday, John Kasich was asked if he supports increasing paid maternity leave for working mothers. Indeed, Kasich does not. Instead, he flat-out blamed maternity leave for the gender pay gap.
Here’s what he said:
“The reason why that’s important is, when women take maternity leave or time to be with the children, then what happens is they fall behind on the experience level, which means that the pay becomes a differential.” -John Kasich
So by Kasich’s twisted logic, if you take paid leave, you should be paid less. Period.
Kasich’s anti-family stance is are hardly unique among GOP presidential candidates. Marco Rubio refuses to support a paid family leave requirement, as do Ted Cruz, and Carly Fiorina. These extreme positions force women and men to choose between a paycheck and taking care of a new child, a sick relative, or even themselves – and that’s not a choice at all.
“Once again, John Kasich has it totally wrong when it comes to understanding what women and families need to get ahead. Women and families need paid leave to raise healthy families and to protect and achieve higher earnings, and women shouldn’t be penalized for taking time off during the critical first months of their child’s life. Maternity leave isn’t the reason we have a gender pay gap – it’s that the Republican Party is holding back progress that Democrats are fighting for on paid leave.” -Kaylie Hanson, DNC Director of Women’s Media