Current parental leave schemes reinforce old gender stereotypes and the pay gap between women and men. Overseas experience shows better targeted leave for new fathers helps everyone.
Caring for a newborn can be joyous.
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This important benefit does more than just help parents in terms of dollars and cents.
Most U.S. parents who take time off work to tend to newborns currently use unpaid leave.
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Polls have consistently found robust support for this benefit, with a growing share of the public approving of paid time off for dads.
Making ends meet when you have a newborn is easier with paid family leave.
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If the plan is fully phased in as proposed, workers could get up to $4,000 a month for a total of 12 weeks in paid leave to care for a newborn, another loved one or themselves within 10 years.
Giving new dads ‘fathers-only’ leave is one way to support women’s equality.
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Women and their careers benefit when men are allowed – and encouraged – by their employers to do more caregiving.
Parenthood in 2020 is perhaps tougher than usual.
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Single mothers need more of a break than they get under current laws.
In this January 2019 photo, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser kisses her daughter after being sworn in. Will the coronavirus stop women’s careers from advancing or lead to societal changes that will make advancement easier?
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Whatever the eventual impact on women’s candidacies post-pandemic, COVID-19 has the potential to shock the system, upending or reinforcing existing gender imbalances in political power.
It is harder for stay-at-home moms to return to work than for stay-at-home dads.
Stay-at-home parents have a hard time reentering the workforce after spending time away.
Single-parent families are getting less paid leave but perhaps need more of it.
Forty percent of US babies are born to unmarried parents. But the new paid leave policy for most federal workers disadvantages single parents.
Dawn Butler, Labour’s shadow women and equalities secretary.
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Labour and the Liberal Democrats go further than the current system but would still leave the UK lagging behind many of its international peers.
What about the dads?
Joe Denly, left, was hailed for taking time out to attend the birth of his child. Anthony Martial, right, was fined.
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Men are still expected to prioritise sport over their families.
Excluding high earning dads from paid parental leave is not the answer.
Québec’s insurance plan which gives fathers options to take parental leave has had a major impact on fatherhood.
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Thanks to a provincial insurance plan, Québec fathers are spending more time with their newborns, bringing about changes in the gender division of labour within the family.
Paternity leave can increase fathers’ involvement in families, with positive impacts on children, fathers and the co-parent.
Our children can’t continue to grow up in a world where only women raise them, either at home or in early care and learning.
Protected time for new families could pay health dividends later.
The transition to parenthood comes with plenty of stress. A psychology researcher suggests that paid family leave could help lift some of the burden – with positive health benefits down the road.
We’ve got this.
There is a wide problem with the way society talks about gender equality.
Most dads aren’t taking shared parental leave – new research reveals why.
Men under 35 want to take a more active role in caring for their children than older generations.
Shared parental leave can make a huge difference to all parents – not just families with two biological parents.