「Reading Passage 1」
“Working Less Would Provide Much to Americans ”
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「Reading Passage 2」
“It’s Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave to Empower Working Women and Modernize the Workplace.”
In Paragraph 3, remarks of the then president – President Obama – are quoted to explain why the FAMILY Act is needed. The act is for gender equality, as it is deemed unfair that a woman has to “sacrifice her job” or when a mother has to “run into hardship” just because of her gender role. The act also aligns with the national policy proposed by Obama. Obama is quoted for an apparent reason that the words of the nation’s leader carry plenty of weight. Meanwhile, what is taken advantage is not only Obama’s status as POTUS but also his popularity as a charismatic individual. The author then, in the next paragraph, to dispel the concern that the Act may incur massive costs, specifically says that the weekly cost would be “less than the cost of a cup of coffee” to ease the nerves of American employers and government. The author also states that the benefit is traceable and cover all American workers. These two benefits add to the reason why the Act should be passed. Also, passing the Act is what the modern time requires, as is suggested in Paragraph 5, in which Obama is quoted again. The FAMILY Act is believed to be in line with a number of other propositions of modern workplace policies and to keep pace with the rest of the developed world, and since the US is not a pioneer nation that has taken the risks, the US should now already pass the Act. Apparently, in this chunk of paragraphs is an adequate range of convincing reasons.