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Mothers of the world, unite!

"The Motherhood Manifesto" - first a book, now a documentary film - is shining the spotlight on issues affecting American families in a steady uprising designed to promote change.

The United States is one of only four countries in the world that fails to provide paid maternity leave to all workers. Mothers in our country are only half as likely as non-mothers to be hired for the same job. The United States is the only industrial country in the world that does not provide paid sick days for all workers.

These issues and others are highlighted in the documentary that longtime Public Broadcasting Service veteran and Seattle resident John de Graaf produced at the request of Joan Blades, co-author of the book of the same name.

"The film really points out how far behind the rest of the world we really are," de Graaf said. "We talk about family values in this country, but we don't do anything about it."

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