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Why Paternity Leave Matters for Mothers: With a Feminist Dad and Husband

Apr 13, 2023 | 20m

What happens when you take a seven month paternity leave in gender-rigid Japan? That’s what Shu Matsuo Post did, and as he’ll tell you, the experience was “priceless”.

Join Shu as he shares his story and explains how if more men take parental leave, it levels the playing field for women.

Useful Notes & Resources:

  • Via a survey in 2021, 100% of men were glad they took paternity leave and would do so again; 90% noticed an improvement in their relationship with their partner; and 20% felt that the risk of a career setback was the main downside but that the benefits outweighed that worry. One in four fathers wished that they had longer paid paternity leave (McKinsey)
  • Despite parental leave being shown to promote equality and allowing organizations to retain workers, fewer employers in the United States are offering paid maternity and paternity leave (World Economic Forum, 2022)

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Shu Matsuo Post

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