Taking a cue from Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook and Apple, and as part of a wider initiative for family-friendly policies, the Department of Defense created a pilot program that will pay for active duty servicewomen to freeze their eggs.The fertility preservation option is meant to encourage women in their 20's and 30's to stay in the military service.What absolute and reprehensible cruelty. These companies, and the Department of Defense, are offering young women fool's gold as a substitute for paid servitude during their prime years of fertility.
Based on the limited available data on demographics of the Foreign Service, roughly 35% of the generalists are women and perhaps as low as 25% within the specialists ranks. Offering egg freezing as a benefit would empower more women, especially those who are single, to join and stay in the service without constantly worrying about the steep personal price of serving overseas tours (where the dating potential might be limited) during childbearing years.
This is not meant to be a tacit requirement for career advancement nor a substitute for family-friendly policies at the workplace. Both DoD and NSC offer 12 weeks of paid maternity leave. The State Department offers none.
It is no secret that the Foreign Service presents a unique set of challenges for families, both in terms of starting them and tending to them.The State Department will be better served by considering these two progressive measures.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Alpha Mail: a sick and insane society
This is not a hallmark of a society that is likely to sustain itself and survive. From a reader at the DoD: