Of the 10 most child-friendly states, only one has attempted to ban abortion.
Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images
States taking the strictest stands against abortion tend to have among the worst statistics in the nation on child and family well-being.
Child-care policy needs to be designed to ensure children have stable access to high-quality care.
(Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages)
Stable child care can protect kids in the face of major life stressors — so should subsidy policies.
Labor and the Coalition have announced their parental leave policies. If you are planning to have children, you should be familiar with what they’re offering.
The gift of sleep, time, self-care (“me time”) and a message of what a remarkable job she is doing may be what new mothers need most this Mother’s Day.
Mothers with young children are consistently identified as having lower levels of physical activity and leisure opportunities, which place their physical and mental health at risk.
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.
You might expect progressive policies in our universities, but a parental leave system of primary and secondary caregivers – the first 93% women, the second 96% men – perpetuates the gender gap.
Most U.S. parents who take time off work to tend to newborns currently use unpaid leave.
Whitney Curti/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Polls have consistently found robust support for this benefit, with a growing share of the public approving of paid time off for dads.
Giving new dads ‘fathers-only’ leave is one way to support women’s equality.
Catherine Delahaye/Stone via Getty Images
Women and their careers benefit when men are allowed – and encouraged – by their employers to do more caregiving.
Parents and managers can work together to plan ahead, avoid returnees feeling excluded and maintain a good work-life balance.
Parenthood in 2020 is perhaps tougher than usual.
Cavan Images/ Getty Images
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?
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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.
Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images
Labour and the Liberal Democrats go further than the current system but would still leave the UK lagging behind many of its international peers.
Even working women who have partners often have to do the most work at home.
Does having children make the goal of fairly dividing work at home more elusive?
Is a bottle of morning milk at night the equivalent of turning on all the lights at bedtime?
Breast milk contains ingredients in concentrations that change over the course of the day. Researchers think milk is chrononutrition, carrying molecular messages to help set a baby’s internal clock.
Québec’s insurance plan which gives fathers options to take parental leave has had a major impact on fatherhood.
Peter Dlhy /Unsplash
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.
In it together.
The UK Court of Appeal ruled in late May that it is not sex discrimination for employers to enhance maternity pay but only provide the statutory rate of shared parental pay.
Australian government support for working mothers was minimal before the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s.
Most mothers want some continuity with their pre-maternal identity, to feel a sense of meaningful contribution to their society, and to enjoy their relationships with their children.
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.