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Facebook Paying Women to Freeze Eggs

Facebook and Apple Are Paying For Women to Freeze Their Eggs

You've probably heard of Silicon Valley's job perks, but this one is taking things to a whole new level. That is, if you want to call it a perk.

Facebook is paying female employees up to $20,000 to freeze their eggs, a process that lets a woman reinsert eggs into her uterus at a later age when she may not be able to conceive naturally. Apple will start the same program in January, according to NBC News. To put things into perspective, one-third of couples in which the woman is older than 35 have fertility issues, says the Centers for Disease Control.

The move by the tech giants can be seen as a way for female employees to advance their careers without worrying that they're jeopardizing the chance of having a family. Plus it's a way to attract more women to these companies where men make up a majority of the workforce, especially given that women typically pay at least $10,000 for every round of egg freezing, plus $500 or more annually for storage.

But there's another way to look at it: this implies women can't climb the corporate ladder or be the best employees when they have children to take care of and must put family on hold if they want to focus on careers.

What do you say?

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