Karina Gould pauses to talk to reporters as she carries her three-month-old baby, Oliver Gerones, following a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in May 2018.
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Karina Gould’s parental leave is similar to that of many Canadians. Yet there are key differences, and they offer lessons on how parental leave could be redesigned to help more Canadian parents.
Too few Canadian fathers take parental leave. That’s because parental leave is framed as an employment policy rather than as care/work policy that promotes greater sharing of both paid and unpaid care work between parents.
If more Canadian fathers are to harness the benefits of parental leave and remote work, we need to design employment and care policies in ways that recognize every family’s unique needs.
Australia could benefit from revisiting a plan to match maternity leave pay rates with prior earnings as occurs in Switzerland.
All the evidence points to paid partner’s leave having many benefits for children and families – but Labour’s promise falls short on time and money.
Fathers’ brains adjust their structure and function to parenthood.
Neuroscientists know that pregnant mothers’ brains change in ways that appear to help with caring for a baby. Now researchers have identified changes in new fathers’ brains, too.
Of the 10 most child-friendly states, only one has attempted to ban abortion.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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?