Author of “Me-ternity” Meghann Foye failed to show up for an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” after receiving backlash over her latest book.
On Friday, “GMA” co-host Amy Robach said, “Meghann was supposed to join us right here live. She has just pulled out of the interview. There has been so much backlash about her comments, viewers across the country weighing in on this all night long.”
Foye’s new book argues that all woman deserve an extended period of time off — what she calls “me-ternity” — whether they have a baby or not. She talks about the “perks of maternity leave” and talks about how she as a working woman didn’t get to experience them.
She added it would be 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.”
Reaction on social media has been swift, and “GMA” hosts and guests scoffed at the proposal.
“‘The perks of maternity leave?'” asked Robach. “It’s the opposite of ‘me-ternity leave.’ You’re giving yourself to another person. Like, that is what you’re doing.”
“You’re recuperating from giving birth,” Lara Spencer added.
“Once again, it pits moms vs. non-moms, and as women we don’t need that,” said Dr. Janet Taylor. “And it also really undermines the fact that being a mother is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, full-time commitment, and we can’t belittle that.”