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The author of a new novel titled Meternity has stirred controversy for saying that every working woman should get paid maternity leave, even if they never have kids.

Meghann Foye said that when she was a childless professional in her early thirties she began to envy her similar-aged co-workers who were clocking out to focus on their families.

"The more I thought about it, the more I came to believe in the value of a 'meternity' leave -- which is, to me, a sabbatical-like break that allows women and, to a lesser degree, men to shift their focus to the part of their lives that doesn’t revolve around their jobs," she told the New York Post.

The idea has been met with strong blowback from women who say that maternity leave isn't the same thing as a vacation and isn't meant for self-reflection.

Watch the reaction on Outnumbered above.


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