Aussie mums burn bras to push for maternity leave
Sydney: A crowd of angry Australian mothers burnt their maternity bras yesterday on the steps of the state parliament in Melbourne as part of a push for paid maternity leave. Australia and the U.S. are the only two wealthy countries that don’t have government-funded maternity schemes. Calling themselves the Mothers of Intervention, they are calling on women across the country to go on a ‘fertility strike’ until paid maternity leave is a reality.
—The Sun, Monday, 23 September, 2002
“A woman’s life isn’t worth a plateful of cabbage if she hasn’t felt life stir under her heart. Taking a little one to nurse, watching him grow to manhood, that’s what love is.”
—Carol Shields in
The Stone Diaries
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