Meghan Markle doubles her pressure on Congress to grant federally paid family leave – by donating $ 25 Starbucks gift cards to the staff of a national nonprofit that runs the proposal.
Paid leave to US spokesman Neil Stroka tweeted Saturday, when the Duchess of Sussex “all bought @PaidLeaveUS a few cups of coffee while we work for #SavePaidLeave.”
“Incredibly stylish … and necessary,” Sroka wrote. “We are really honored to know she has our backs in the fight to win #PaidLeaveForAll.”
Markle, originally from Los Angeles, has previously issued a letter to House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) And Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
In the letter, Markle claimed that a nationally paid parental leave program would help women in particular stay in the workforce after millions quit their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic to care for children and other families full time.
The Duchess insisted that “[p]Assistance leave should be a national right rather than a patchwork option limited to those whose employers have policies in place or those who live in one of the few states where a leave program exists.
Only six states – including New York and New Jersey – offer some form of paid family leave, as does the District of Columbia. Three others – Connecticut, Colorado and Oregon – have paid for family leave laws that have not yet come into force.
President Biden’s proposed paid parent and family leave plan is reportedly on the cutting edge as Democrats try to negotiate the final details of Democrats’ far-reaching social spending bill.
Markle and her husband Prince Harry – who have left the royal family – have an estimated net worth of about $ 10 million, according to Forbes.