Were I Queen, my principal affirmative action plan would have three legs. First, it would promote equal educational opportunity, and effective job training for women, so they would not be reduced to dependency on a man or the state. Second, my plan would give men encouragement and incentives to share more evenly with women the joys, responsibilities, worries, upsets, and sometimes tedium of raising children from infancy to adulthood. (This, I admit, is the most challenging part of the plan to make concrete and implement.) Third, the plan would make quality day care available from infancy on. Children in my ideal world would not be women’s priorities, they would be human priorities. – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Only 12% of US employers offer paternity leave. Twelve percent. More than 70 countries in the world have legislated paid paternity leave, and we are stuck at 12%.
For those lucky dads who have access to paternity leave, things still aren’t great. Most feel they can’t take full advantage of what their company offers. Study after study shows that men are afraid to take more than two weeks’ leave for fear of professional blowback.
We’re going to dive deeper into this subject. There’s no way to talk about equality in the workplace without addressing maternity and paternity leave. And for this, we’d love your help.
- How much leave did your spouse/partner/significant other take when your kids were born?
- Any stories to share on this topic?
Please share in the comments or shoot us an email. Thanks friends!
Erin & Heather