Paternity Leave

In her commencement speech for Harvard Business School in 2012, Sheryl Sandberg brought up an important topic which is “men need to do more to support women in the workplace.” One of the ways mentioned was paternity leave after having a child. Women naturally viewed as the parent to stay at home and take care of the newborn baby but in todays evolving world it is just as important for men to take advantage of paternity leave.

In California where it became the first state to provide up to six weeks of paid leave for moms and dads, only 29 percent of the people who took it were men. Men should be taking full advantage of this opportunity to stay at home with their families. Once again I think this plays into how society views things like paternity leave which causes men to conform to other peoples views and stereotypes. In having men break this barrier it would help not only themselves but their families as well and create overall stability in the home.

Mom vs. Dad: The Workload

Who do you think puts more work in a dual-income home, the mother or the father?

Looking at the facts men put in nearly the same amount of work hours in a week as women do (58 for men vs. 59 for women). The distinct difference that gives the impression of who works more is the type of work that is being done, instead of how much work is being done. Women spend seven more hours a week doing housework than men do (16 to 9). This is what typically gives the appearance that men don’t do as much work as women. Men on the other hand work 11 more hours outside the house than women do (41 to 31). This shows us that just because men aren’t home doesn’t mean they aren’t doing work in a different capacity. In todays world both parents almost have to put in an equal amount of work to sustain a family.