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Facebook and Apple to offer free egg-freezing to female employees




A technician withdraws deep-frozen cells for in-vitro culturing at a laboratory of German pharmaceutical giant Schering.
A technician withdraws deep-frozen cells for in-vitro culturing at a laboratory of German pharmaceutical giant Schering.
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There are many perks to working for a Silicon Valley tech firm. In this competitive field, retaining skilled workers can be a challenge, leading companies to offer everything from free meals to game rooms and gym memberships. But in recent releases, Apple and Facebook announced they’re offering a new plus to female workers: free egg freezing. In hopes of keeping experienced female employees on the job longer, these two tech giants will be picking up the tab (up to $10,000) for women hoping to maintain a successful career and still have a family. Facebook will even offer an additional $10,000 for workers who plan on using a surrogate.

Could egg freezing become the new norm in fast-paced workplaces? Does this put excess pressure on women to stay competitive? Would you take advantage of this perk if it was offered by your employer?

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Danielle Friedman, Senior Editor for NBCNews.com who broke the story