“…In 2014, news broke that an employee had quit their job to spend more time with their family. Why did this make news, you ask? Because said employee was the CEO of global investment firm, Pacific Management Company. And also - and probably more importantly - because he was a dad.
One has to ask, if he was a mum: would the event have made international news?
The fact that a dad could quit his job and the media would have a field day says, unfortunately, two things about our society: firstly, that dads taking parental leave is far too rare, and secondly, that we don’t appreciate the thousands of women who take unpaid leave, sometimes for years, to raise the next generation.
The setup we’ve created, with mums largely at home (at least for a while) and dads always at work, is, quite frankly, not working. Firstly, it’s not working for mothers: their careers (and company’s leadership pipelines) are often damaged, they end up in part-time work that’s anything but, and their earnings are even more unequal than before they had children. Yet fathers suffer too.
But the biggest losers of all are businesses.
With employee engagement at an all-time low, the freelance economy booming, and corporate longevity drastically declining, companies can’t keep doing what they’ve always done.
The good news is: they don’t have to.
In just 30 years from now, things will be different…”
(Excerpt from our latest manifesto: Work 2050: how everyone wins in a parent-equal world)
...and how you can help achieve it, today.
Why do we need parenting equality? What will it look like?
Download our free guide, Work in 2050: How everyone wins in a Parent-Equal World to learn more.