Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday he plans to take two months of paternity leave after his daughter is born, amid an ongoing national debate about gender equality and paid leave policies.
“This is a very personal decision, and I’ve decided to take 2 months of paternity leave when our daughter arrives,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook Friday.
“Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families,” he continued. “At Facebook we offer our US employees up to 4 months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year.”
Several studies show that men of Zuckerberg’s generation are taking a more egalitarian approach to childrearing – that is, when policies allow them to. A study published in the American Sociological Review in February found that the majority of young men and women said they wanted to equally share work and family responsibilities, but that women were more likely to scale back their plans when a lack of family-friendly policies made that harder.
A recently published study drawing on the 2008 National Study of the Changing Workforce found that although traditional gender roles are on the decline across the board, ”the attitudes of men in dual-earner couples have changed the most.”
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