I don’t mind the adjustments that the Germans have made to make it possible for women to have kids, not lose their minds or jobs and then eventually return to the workplace.
I’m sure the Germans have more accomodations than we do, but we’;re not without them, either. A woman who has a child is not forced back to the starting line in her career because she makes that choice.
But, that said, you cannot accomodate around the experience issue. You can mandate that a woman gets three years of maternity leave with her job protected, but what you get back afterwards is a woman with three years less experience than her male colleagues; and to accomodate around THAT is simply unfair.
I don’t think everything from Europe or Germany in particular is transplantable in situ as is, but there’s nothing they can do that we can’t. Nothing.
Of course. But not everything done in Europe is appropriate here, nor should everything Germany does be automatically considered wise.