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February 7, 2013: 9:56 AM ET

Meet Licia Ronzulli, an Italian member of the European Parliament, who on Twitter calls herself "ma prima di tutto mamma!" (first of all, mom!). Ronzulli has been bringing her daughter Victoria to work since she was 6 weeks old.

Here she is in October 2010, voting to support raising paid maternity leave in the European Union from 14 to 20 weeks. The proposal never became law, but the European Union still requires 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.

"It was not a political gesture. It was first of all a maternal gesture," she told reporters back in 2010. "I wanted to stay with my daughter as much as possible, and to remind people that there are women who do not have this opportunity, that we should do something to talk about this."

Here she is again in December 2011:


And November 2012:


In stark contrast to the European Union, the United States has no such nationwide, paid maternity leave policy. This week marked the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to give new mothers 12 weeks unpaid maternity leave.

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Annalyn Kurtz is a senior writer at CNNMoney, where she covers America's jobs crisis, Federal Reserve policy and other economic news. Before joining the site in 2010, she served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Prague and interned at Fortune Small Business magazine. @annalynkurtz

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