5 Reasons To Talk With Men About Parental Leave
#1) To Improve Gender Equality At Home
"Society is a mirror of the family. The only way to achieve equality in society is to achieve equality in the home.
Getting fathers to share parental leave is an essential part of that”.
-- Bengt Westerberg, deputy prime minister of Sweden
#2) To Increase Female Workforce Participation
Women are still more likely than men to stop working or to work part time after the birth of a child.
-- National Partnership for Women & Families
#3) To Reduce The Gender Pay Gap
Among full-time workers, married mothers with at least one child under age 18 earn 76 cents on a married father’s dollar.
-- Third Way research finding (2014)
#4) To Support Maternal Mental Health and Well-Being
Most new mothers experience the "baby blues" after delivery.
About one out of every 10 of these women will develop a more severe and longer-lasting depression after delivery.
#5) To Support Healthier and Happier Babies
"A mother’s worry never ends.
It just evolves and grows and starts again."
-- unknown poet