Spain is the only country in the world with the same length of maternity leave for mothers and fathers from 2021.
Female leaders tend to open people’s perceptions of what is possible for other women in politics – but the job is also still fraught with double standards and unique risks.
The domestic workers’ place of work, as a private household, is difficult to monitor. It is therefore challenging for government to enforce current legislation.
This important benefit does more than just help parents in terms of dollars and cents.
Labour MP Stella Creasy’s battle over maternity pay shows the need for gender-sensitive parliaments.
Research shows women who have experienced miscarriage are at twice the risk of experiencing depression and anxiety and four times the risk of suicide. That’s why workplaces need to step up.
Polls have consistently found robust support for this benefit, with a growing share of the public approving of paid time off for dads.
Designed to encourage an equal distribution of childcare duties, the government’s policy was flawed to begin with
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.
Women and their careers benefit when men are allowed – and encouraged – by their employers to do more caregiving.
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.