Paternity Leave Creates More Women Executives


Want To Close The Pay Gap? Call On Dad!

images (1)By Shellie Karabell

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The juggling act between work and home and motherhood is often too difficult to manage. Now, two reports on women and the economy indicate that the key to closing the wage gap can be found in the home…

(T)he “sole custody model” accounts for 90% of parenting in divorce cases. That, says the report, limits the single parent’s time and ability to pursue career goals…or even to hold a well-paying job. Some 30% of those single parents are mothers who are “saddled with nearly full-time single parenting”…

What’s new about [a] study by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Washington-based non-profit economic policy research group, is the demonstration of a statistically-relevant correlation between paternity leave and an increase of women in the ranks of senior corporate executives and at the Board level. Not maternity leave, not quotas. Paternity leave…

The main reason paternity leave changes all this, according to the authors, is because it “allows childcare needs to be met, but does not place the burden of care explicitly on women. This increases the chances that women can build the business acumen and professional contacts necessary to qualify for [advancement to a high-ranking position].” In other words, when corporate policies enable women to have children while not significantly disrupting their career trajectories, more women make it to the top…

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