Washington Post

ZuckerbergWHY MARK ZUCKERBERG’S PATERNITY LEAVE
ANNOUNCEMENT IS SUCH A BIG DEAL
by Catherine Rampell / November 23, 2015

Facebook has already revolutionized how we communicate, network and keep tabs on our exes.

Might it — or at least its chief executive — soon “disrupt” parenting, too?

On Friday company founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he planned to go on paternity leave. And not just for a few perfunctory days, mind you, but two whole months. (The company offers its U.S. employees up to four months of paid parental leave.)

It’s hard to overstate what a big deal this is.

Zuckerberg said this was a “very personal decision,” presumably based on what he and his wife believe is best for their family. But in making this choice so publicly, he’s also done a major solid for the men (and women, and children) of America.

That’s because he’s helping to finally destigmatize paternity leave.

Let’s be clear: Outside of the tech sector, relatively few Americans have access to paid family leave. Fewer than 1 in 6 U.S. firms offers paid paternity leave, according to recent surveys from the Society for Human Resource Management and the Families and Work Institute.

 

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