In Catherine Rampell’s article “Paid Family Leave is No Pipe Dream” (2015), she reasons that paid vacation time to attend to family matters is feasible in the United States and may be on the horizon.
Two Deviant Phrases
This is a real thing! It means any radical feminist. I assumed it meant a female who acts like a Nazi….
This means an idea or vision that sounds fantastic but is not feasible enough to be undertaken.
Two Vocabulary Word
Onerous – involving a great deal of work or responsibility
Two Abstract Connections
Rampell describes the United States’ position as a “city-upon-a-hill”. This term was coined by Jon Winthrop and was used by the Puritans of New England to represent how their religious piety would be viewed by countries everywhere as inspiration for change. Rampbell uses this ironically; if the United States is such a model, why does it lack something every other country has?
The United States is one of only two countries in the world that does not have standardized paid family leave. Similarly, the United States is one of the only countries that does not follow the metric system of measurement, and follows the customary system. This is in spite of the fact that the former is much simpler and popular. The United States stubbornly holding on to its idea to not have paid family leave is similar to its obstinacy in its units of measurement.