Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE spoke on Friday of the need for paid family leave in a video message to a women in the workforce conference in Japan.

“The United States, unfortunately, is one of a handful of developed countries without paid family leave,” she said, according to The Wall Street Journal.


“If we give parents the flexibility on the job and paid family leave, it actually helps productivity, which in turn helps all of us,” she added.

In a group of 38 developed countries, the United States is the only one that does not require employers to give some amount of paid leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act, signed under then-President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Howard Schultz must run as a Democrat for chance in 2020 Trump says he never told McCabe his wife was 'a loser' MORE in 1993 mandated up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. 

Clinton said during a CNN town hall in June that "eventually, it should be" required. But she added, "I don't think, politically, we could get it now."

She emphasized the role of the states in spreading it.

"And, you know, the Massachusetts healthcare reform — that was an example that was then adopted for the Affordable Care Act," she said. "So, I think, with paid leave, we ought to encourage states and localities that have the political will to do this, to begin to implement it, and then we ought to try to see how we can expand it."