On Thursday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade said he didn’t “know why you would give” a pregnant woman an “important” job.
During a morning episode of “Fox & Friends,” host Brian Kilmeade discussed the newly created advisory council to the Department of Homeland Security, which will focus on “coordinating the department’s response to potential threat impacts misinformation,” according to The New York Times.
In 2021, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said misinformation posed a “serious threat to public health”.
Nina Jankowicz, author of “How to Be a Woman Online”, which details the vitriol and harassment she and many other women face on social media, has been named to head the advisory board. She is 8 months pregnant.
This seemed to confuse Kilmeade, who is a father of three.
“I don’t know how you get a job and then you can’t do a job for three months,” the FOX & Friends host asked, referring to a supposed three-month maternity leave Jankowicz would take after giving birth.
“I don’t blame him, but I don’t know why you would give someone a job that you think is so important,” he added.
TODAY parents contacted FOX News for comment, but had no response at the time of publication.
Kilmeade’s Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt quickly challenged him on the matter and asked how long Jankowicz had held the position.
“About two months, it seems,” Kilmeade replied.
“Well, I’m going to defend her on that one, Brian,” Earhardt said. “She has the right to have a baby and to have maternity leave.”
Kilmeade’s comments came just days after a proposed Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that determined women had a constitutional right to access abortion care, was announced. been leaked to Politico.
If Roe is overturned, 13 states will immediately ban abortion, while more than a dozen others will severely restrict abortion. People living in these states will be forced to continue an unwanted pregnancy, unless they are able to travel to receive abortion care in another state or obtain an abortion illegally, at the risk of being criminalized.
Kilmeade has publicly stated that he opposes abortion rights.
Currently, the United States is the only industrialized country that does not mandate paid parental leave. A 2015 analysis of US Department of Labor statistics found that nearly one in four mothers return to work just two weeks after giving birth.
The United States does not provide parents with access to universal child care, and the average family spends $18,000 on child care per year. Motherly’s annual State of Motherhood Survey found that in 2021, the top reason mothers quit their jobs is because they lacked access to childcare.
Mothers are also paid less than fathers. Moms earn 71 cents for every dollar earned by a father, a loss of $16,000 a year. A 2018 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that a woman’s income drops 30% after giving birth for the first time.
According to the Pew Research Center, 40% of women with children under 18 are primary breadwinners and 55% of mothers work full time. Studies have shown that children benefit from having a working mother, especially daughters of working mothers, who will earn 23% more when working than daughters of stay-at-home mothers.
Yet 42% of Americans believe part-time work is ideal for mothers of young children, according to a Pew study, and 21% believe mothers shouldn’t work for pay at all.