Whenever I’m faced with a difficult decision, I ask myself WWMID? You may not be up on that acronym, so I’ll help you out. What Would Ma Ingalls Do? Maybe I should change that to be What Would Caroline IngallsDo? Because, after all, Caroline was a lot more than just a mother, but alas, I learned of her as Ma Ingalls.
What does this have to do with the idea of menstrual leave? Well, let’s ask Ma.
Me: Mrs. Ingalls, when women menstruate they need extra time off work, don’t you think?
Caroline Ingalls: I’m sorry, I need to go hoe the garden, wash laundry by hand with soap that I made myself, make 3 meals over an open fire even though it’s 90 degrees out, and keep an eye on Grace who has an annoying habit of wandering off. Then I need to repair the chicken coop so that foxes don’t eat my chickens, because if they do, we lose out on eggs and I’m hoping to be able to have enough money from selling the eggs to send my blind daughter to college. I’m distracted by all this work I have to do, so what did you ask again?
Me: Menstrual leave. You know, paid time off to deal with cramps?
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