In The Guardian, I write about the benefits that paid parental leave policies have on fathers. An excerpt:
I do not deny all the positive effects that introducing paid parental leave may have on women’s empowerment and the national economy. But the economic impact is not that important; after all, I think most of us would still advocate for paid leave even if research were to find that such a policy causes a drop in GDP or a reduction in labor-force participation. And although helping women have both a family and a career is absolutely crucial, presenting it solely as a women’s issue risks giving the false impression that men have nothing to gain, which makes it so much harder to win support for a much-needed policy change.
Paid parental leave is a men’s and a children’s issue, too. And we men need to step up and make that clear.
Read the full article here.