Four female Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation into parliament that would give women up to three paid days off work each month for their periods. Zambia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and some provinces in China already have some sort of menstrual leave policy in place. A U.K. company made headlines last year when it announced plans to adopt one.
The Italian proposal has received mixed reactions. Marie Claire‘s Italian edition dubbed it the “a standard-bearer of progress and social sustainability,” according to the Post. But some critics say the proposal might do more harm than good by discouraging employers from hiring women. “The demand for female employees among companies might decrease, or women could be further penalised both in terms of salary and career advancement,” Daniela Piazzalunga, an economist at research institute FBK-IRVAPP, told the Post in an email.
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