Italy May Start Offering Menstrual Leave For Women
However, many fear that this would discourage employers from hiring women in a country that already has one of the smallest female employment rates in the European Union. Do you think it's a good idea to offer women time off for painful periods?
A bill introduced by four women in the Democratic Party in Italy is currently being debated in Italy's Parliament which, if passed, would grant women three days leave each month for painful menstrual symptoms.
Since women often already use sick and vacation days to deal with period symptoms, many are applauding the bill, but there is also a great deal of concern over whether it would discourage employers from hiring women, or even whether women would be paid less because of it or prevented from promotion.
The demand for female employees among companies might decrease, or women could be further penalized both in terms of salary and career advancement.
Italy already has one of the lowest female employment rates in Europe, with only 61% of women working currently, and although other countries like Japan and Korea, and even some companies like Nike, have introduced similar leave, Italian women remain uneasy about the bill. But now, what we would like to know is...