When Georgene Huang was pregnant and looking for a job, she couldn’t find any information about different companys' maternity-leave policies. So she co-founded a company that would gather the information for her and other women.
Fairygodboss, an online community where women share stories and reviews about current and former employers, has a crowdsourced database of maternity-leave policies for about 700 companies. She and Romy Newman founded Fairygodboss in March after meeting at Dow Jones where Huang was head of institutional products at Dow Jones and Newman was head of digital advertising and integration at The Wall Street Journal.
“Companies should be more transparent but they are not,” Huang told Quartz. Though attention to insufficient policies has resulted in a spate of changes to some companies’ offerings.
On November 3, Amazon announced a drastic expansion of benefits including 20 weeks paid parental leave for birth mothers and a policy where employees can share up to six weeks paid leave with a partner. Netflix now offers 52 weeks paid leave, which is amazing for an American company. (In the United States, companies with more than 50 employees are required to provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act but only to those employees who have been with the company for a certain amount of time).