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Paid parental leave has a conservative lineage

When the Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio unveileda proposal last month to subsidize family leave via a system of tax breaks for businesses, Democrats scoffed. Expanding protection of mothers and infants? Isn't that Democratic turf? Before Democrats get too indignant, they should remember that when it comes to family leave -- and maternity leave in particular -- conservatives, not liberals, have historically taken the lead. The origins of such programs can be traced to the industrial revolution in Europe, when conservative reformers began to worry about the effects of factory employment on women. As early as 1833, Peter Gaskell said factories were "hotbeds of...