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12/17/2014 12:23 pm ET Updated Dec 17, 2014

Paid Maternity Leave Is Good For Business

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I was Google’s first employee to go on maternity leave. In 1999, I joined the startup that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had recently started in my garage. I was four months pregnant. At the time the company had no revenue and only 15 employees, almost all of whom were male. Joining a startup pregnant with my first child was risky, but Larry and Sergey assured me I'd have their support.

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