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Facebook and Apple Now Pay for Women Employees to Freeze Eggs

Perk Up Facebook and Apple Now Pay for Women to Freeze Eggs NBC News com


Two Silicon Valley giants now offer women a game-changing perk: Apple and Facebook will pay for employees to freeze their eggs.

Facebook recently began covering egg freezing, and Apple will start in January, spokespeople for the companies told NBC News. The firms appear to be the first major employers to offer this coverage for non-medical reasons.

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Not sure whether this is cool or kind of creepy.

Keep working! Don't worry about family! Keep working! When you're no longer useful to us, you can go have your frozen kids. P.S. The good news is that you're useless at age 50, which isn't that old.

It's a weird fluff piece.

Because I believe Google offers all the benefits mentioned in the article. 

But Google gets no mention in the article. Weird. 

News of the firms’ egg-freezing coverage comes in the midst of what’s been described as a Silicon Valley “perks arms race.” It’s only the latest in a generous list of family and wellness-oriented health benefits from Apple and Facebook (whose COO, of course, is feminist change agent and “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg). Both companies offer benefits for fertility treatment and adoption. Facebook famously gives new parents $4,000 in so-called “baby cash” to use however they’d like.

Mentioning Google doesn't change the conversation. What is the corporate motive behind encouraging women to freeze eggs and defer childhood?

In the best of all worlds, it's to give employees maximum flexibility so they'll see the company favorably.

In the worst of all worlds, it's to maximize productivity of young people by offering them peace of mind about deferring the decision on whether to have children.

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