On Sunday (May 13) U.S. and most other countries will celebrate moms. Except for Christmas, Mother's Day is the second most expensive holiday. This year, a projected $23.1 billion will be splurged on gifts for mom. However, America isn’t so generous toward its mothers. According to this 2015 'State of the World’s Mothers' report, the US ranks 33rd for the quality of life for mothers— 9 of the top 10 countries are in Europe.
The U.S. has a maternal mortality crisis, with an estimated 26.4 deaths for every 100,000 live births in 2015 - with black mothers having a 4x chance of dying during childbirth than white mothers. Unless privileged enough to have good workplace benefits, the U.S. is one of two countries in the world that does not mandate maternity leave for mothers. Stepping out of the paid workforce also has important consequences for the mother’s future earnings potential. According to the Center for American Progress, a 26-year-old mother making the American average salary for her age who stops paid work for a year, for instance, will lose over $124,000 in earnings through her career.