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Medium equalityWHAT MARRIAGE EQUALITY CAN TEACH THE “COLLECTIVE CAREGIVING” MOVEMENT
by Anne Weisberg / October 1, 2015

The biggest social revolution of the past decade contains three important lessons for parents — and all caregivers.

Abby Huntsman is a sharp, ambitious twenty-something with a great job. Her husband, coincidentally, works at the firm that announced it would fly nannies on business trips to help new parents return to work, prompting my recent New York Times op-ed, “The Workplace Culture that Flying Nannies Won’t Fix.” Talking with Abby about the op-ed on the Sirius XM radio show she co-hosts, it was clear that she herself is struggling to reconcile her thoroughly modern life with some very traditional views of gender roles at home. Even though she and her husband want kids, she can’t imagine him taking their baby and a nanny on business trips.

Millennials have surpassed the Baby Boomers to become the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, but this generation, touted for its commitment to gender equity, appears just as trapped as the rest of us in traditional family archetypes. Maybe that’s why Marc Zuckerberg basically got a pass when he announced he is an expectant dad (where were the #WillZuckerbergTakeLeave tweets?), while Marissa Mayer got creamed for announcing she will take only two weeks when her twins are born.

 

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