Should companies offer egg-freezing benefits to attract women?

October 17, 2014

Apple and Facebook are now offering a new perk for employees—not a closer parking spot, better food in the cafeteria, or a few more vacation days.

These employers will pay for employees to freeze their eggs. This is not a cheap endeavor. The benefit includes costs up to $20,000. According to NBC News, these are the first major employers to offer this benefit for non-medical reasons.

Apple and Facebook are private companies offering a financially generous incentive to assist women at the workplace. This isn’t a government program.

Despite talk of the need for government intervention in industries in which there are more men than women, the government doesn’t have to mandate that employers adopt policies to attract women. Employers are already doing so.