East Germany strongly encouraged mothers to participate in the labour market full-time, whereas West Germany propagated a more tradition male breadwinner model.
The student loans system is just another source of financial gender inequality.
Single mothers need more of a break than they get under current laws.
Stay-at-home parents have a hard time reentering the workforce after spending time away.
Forty percent of US babies are born to unmarried parents. But the new paid leave policy for most federal workers disadvantages single parents.
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?
Men are still expected to prioritise sport over their families.
Encouraging fathers to take paternity leave has positive, perhaps even surprising, results.
Excluding high earning dads from paid parental leave is not the answer.
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.
Tackling the gender pay gap must take into account the way that part-time workers are treated.
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.
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.
Under representation of women in the science and engineering career fields is a result of poor work life balance.
Research suggests that government spending on very young children is a good investment.
This penalty can amount to more than 15 percent of a mom's paycheck. Ramping up paid maternity leave and high-quality child care would probably help narrow the gap.
By contrast, poor maternity pay leads to an under-representation of women in higher positions and lower salaries.
Flexible working reduces the likelihood that women cut their hours or leave the labour market after childbirth.