Labour and the Liberal Democrats go further than the current system but would still leave the UK lagging behind many of its international peers.
What about the dads?
Men are still expected to prioritise sport over their families.
Encouraging fathers to take paternity leave has positive, perhaps even surprising, results.
Excluding high earning dads from paid parental leave is not the answer.
The UK Court of Appeal ruled in late May that it is not sex discrimination for employers to enhance maternity pay but only provide the statutory rate of shared parental pay.
Tackling the gender pay gap must take into account the way that part-time workers are treated.
The transition to parenthood comes with plenty of stress. A psychology researcher suggests that paid family leave could help lift some of the burden – with positive health benefits down the road.
Most dads aren't taking shared parental leave – new research reveals why.
Men under 35 want to take a more active role in caring for their children than older generations.
Under representation of women in the science and engineering career fields is a result of poor work life balance.
Research suggests that government spending on very young children is a good investment.
This penalty can amount to more than 15 percent of a mom's paycheck. Ramping up paid maternity leave and high-quality child care would probably help narrow the gap.
By contrast, poor maternity pay leads to an under-representation of women in higher positions and lower salaries.
Flexible working reduces the likelihood that women cut their hours or leave the labour market after childbirth.
Employers must do more to support breastfeeding mothers who return to work.
The potential for exploitation is rife in the international market for breast milk. Fair trade and fair pay regulations are crucial to protect consumers in Australia and suppliers abroad.
The last recession put more men in the position of full-time child carers. How are they coping?
The nation needs a more comprehensive approach to family leave and relief for parents with child care expenses. But the proposals the Trump team rolled out initially fell short.
If President Trump follows through on his campaign promise, new mothers may soon have six weeks of guaranteed paid leave. But something is keeping them from using the benefits they already have.