Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Not only women get pregnant

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The congresswoman, who is a major LGBT ally, urges the Congress to note that transgender and non-binary people should not be left behind when it comes to maternity leave discussions. “What is the most common length of parental or paid family leave that you have seen?” she asked during the committee meeting. As the answer came that approximately 6 weeks, Ocasio-Cortez noted that even dogs are allowed to stay with their newborn puppies for 8 weeks before the puppies find new owners. “So the market has decided that women and people who give birth deserve less time with their children than a dog,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And I think that that, at its core, has already shown that the market has failed to treat people with dignity and basic respect.” Women and people who give birth –it sounds simple, doesn’t it? But these 5 short words after the word ‘women’ mean that the community which is often erased and ignored is finally acknowledged and visible

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