Mandatory maternity leave

Hello ladies,

I'm writing an argument paper on mandatory maternity leave in the USA. I am in favor of the U.S making maternity leave mandatory and paid for at least 12 weeks (3 months). I think that's the very least they can do.

I am asking you guys for some ideas and input to help me make this paper a strong one. If you are out of the states please feel free to comment as well. I want your input as mothers and how you feel about this topic.

Also, if you have any articles, statistics or just advice to how to make this paper a great one your input will be very much appreciated, thanks.

why do you think paid maternity leave should be mandatory?