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.
With dads being the primary earners in many heterosexual households, it was often the mother who gave up work to manage extra work at home during the pandemic. But what about heterosexual households where the mother was the primary earner?
There’s a difference between the fulfilling relationship mothers can have with their children and the patriarchal institution of motherhood.
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Being a mom can be heartbreaking, empowering, scary, fulfilling and everything in between.
Making quality childcare more accessible will help generations of mothers.
Childcare subsidies give mothers the choice to work and help reduce the earnings gap between mothers and fathers. In time, it may lead to greater acceptance of working mothers for future generations.
New research suggests parenthood strengthens a ‘traditional’ approach to home life.
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The Way to Work scheme will increase the pressure of benefits sanctions, which is particularly damaging for women and mothers.
For working women with children, the pressure of several competing roles created their sense of guilt.
Working from home and performing multiple roles leads to constant guilt, which has personal health consequences for women academics.
The idea that children suffer from going to childcare and having mothers who work is outdated nonsense – and the research backs it up.
East Germany strongly encouraged mothers to participate in the labour market full-time, whereas West Germany propagated a more tradition male breadwinner model.
When daycares and schools closed during the pandemic, it caused burdens for working parents, particularly mothers. What is the responsibility of organizations to employees with children struggling with child care issues?
COVID-19 has spotlighted structural injustice inherent in child care in Canada. Organizational leaders have a responsibility to work together, with child care stakeholders, to redress this injustice.
Modest changes to Australia’s paid parental provision can help address the gender gap in unpaid and paid work between mothers and fathers.
Logging into school on the couch can make homelife more topsy-turvy.
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For US parents, the health, economic and social crisis the COVID-19 pandemic brought about is compounded by the difficult if not impossible task of working, caring for and educating kids.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at the country’s Parliament on June 8, 2020. New Zealand reported no active Covid-19 cases after the country’s final patient was given the all clear and released from isolation, health authorities said on June 8.
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit women hard, in particular amplifying gender gaps. Yet women have also proved that their contributions – on the front lines and leadership positions – are invaluable.
Most kids get dismissed from school hours before the workday ends.
When families need to spend more time and money taking care of their kids on weekdays, it can take a toll on careers – especially for women.
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.
Neve Te Aroha Ardern, just three months old, discovers UN headquarters in New York with his father and mother, who holds the highest political office in New Zealand.
The media interest in the New Zealand leader, who gave birth this summer, is an illustration of the difficulties faced by women who choose to pursue a career without sacrificing their lives as mothers.
Preschool today, success tomorrow.
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Research suggests that government spending on very young children is a good investment.
New research shows just how key grandparents are to childcare.
Employers should be doing more to support breastfeeding mothers.
Employers must do more to support breastfeeding mothers who return to work.
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When it comes to children’s well-being and development, it’s not whether a woman works or not that matters but how she makes her choices work for her family.