Facebook and Apple offer for women staff to freeze their eggs
Facebook is paying $20,000 for women staff for the so-called ocyte-cryopreservation which enables women to delay getting children in the early stages of their careers until later. The process which costs between $10,000 and $15,000 plus an additional $1,000 a year to keep the harvested eggs on ice is a move towards attracting the best talent in the market and preventing women from quitting their careers to start a family and have children.
Apple on the other hand has said that it will start paying for women to freeze their eggs in January. Both companies hope to attract more female staff by offering this pack. Women have traditionally been required to give birth earlier in life. Women’s fertility goes into steady decline when they reach 35, and gets worse when they are 40 as they approach menopause. This move will therefore not go well with the traditionalists. However, some people like Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, have welcomed the move by Facebook and say it is the right direction towards getting the gender equality balance at workplaces especially in the tech world.
Facebook is also offering help to men who are looking to become parents. The company will offer their staff a host of fertility services as well as help with adopting children.Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg in her book, Lean In, urged women to not give in on pressures of having children early in life therefore pushing them out of their careers before they blossom. In the book, she details that women should be as ambitious as they possible want, and as they can. She asks women not to try to fit their careers around children. Sheryl Sandberg is 45, married and with two children.
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