The two tech giants have announced a rather unusual offer to their female employees: both Facebook and Apple claim to pay up to $20,000 to freeze their eggs. This implies so-called assistance to women so they can delay having children in favor of advancing their careers.
"We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments," Apple said in a statement. "We want to empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families."
While Facebook began this uncommon program last January, Apple is supposed to start offering the perk early next year. Typically, such oocyte cryopreservation procedure costs between $10,000 and $15,000 plus the additional $500 per year to store the eggs. By this fertility benefit program the companies hope to attract more female staff and make them focus more intensively on their career by reducing the social pressure of having kids before a particular age.