The joys and responsibilities of parenthood are not shared equally in our society. And in later life, care for elderly parents tends to fall to daughters, rather than sons.
This holds back women in the workplace and is one of the big causes of the gender pay gap. But men lose out, too. More and more men want the opportunity to care for and enjoy time with their children or parents – but they find themselves penalised, or sometimes looked at as unmanly, if they choose to stop working or go part-time.
WE want to see truly shared parenting and caregiving.
It will help reduce the pay gap and permit more women to take on decision-making positions in business and beyond. It will enable more men to take on the challenge of childcare. And most importantly of all it will mean more children benefit from time with both their parents.