Anne Hathaway Speaks At The UN Advocating For Paid Parental Leave

This International Women’s Day, Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway visited the United Nations and delivered a speech on the importance of paid parental leave.

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“Love Is Love And Parents Are Parents”

In her speech, The Devil Wears Prada actress spoke passionately about how her mother was forced to choose between her career and raising her children and how she herself had to juggle work and family after the birth of her son.

“I remember thinking to myself, ‘If the practical reality of pregnancy is another mouth to feed in your home and America is a country where most people are living pay cheque to pay cheque, how does 12 weeks of unpaid leave economically work?’ The truth is for too many people, it doesn’t.” Hathaway said.

“Paid parental leave is not about taking days off work, it’s about creating the freedom to define roles, to choose how to invest time and to establish new, positive cycles of behaviour.”

You can watch her awesome speech in full here!

 Mummy’s Biggest Fan

Anne also took to Instagram to share the first photo of her son Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, who she and husband Adam Shulman welcomed in March 2016.

She captioned her photo: “JRS watching Mommy give her speech at the UN yesterday #forourboys #forourgirls #forthefuture #loveislove #parentsareparents #paidparental #iwd #ppl @unwomen.

Currently in Australia, financial support is given to parents for up to 18 weeks. See how Australia’s paid parental leave shapes up with the rest of world here.