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Author’s book about maternity leave without children sparks outrage online

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NEW YORK — Author Meghann Foye thinks women should be able to take a leave from work even if they don’t have children.

In her new book, “Meternity,” Foye discusses how she was feeling burned out at her job as a magazine editor and needing a break.

She told the New York Post that she “couldn’t help but feel envious when parents on staff left the office at 6 p.m. to tend to their children, while it was assumed co-workers without kids would stay behind and pick up the slack.”

Foye said she envisions “meternity” as a sabbatical-like break that gives women the opportunity to change gears and focus on something in their lives other than work. But not all women, like Foye, are given the time to pause everything to take the “socially mandated time and space for self reflection.”

She argues that women who take maternity leave and detach from work get “a whole new lens through which to see their lives.”

The book was met with mixed reviews on social media.

Foye says she wants children in the future and may take a “traditional” maternity leave. She says her “meternity” leave taught her to advocate for herself and live on her own terms.