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European Court of Justice challenges “subsidiary” role of men to women in the exercise of parental duties

Guest blog by Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella, School of Law, University of Leicester. In 2015 the European Court of Justice considered the case of a male civil servant wanting to take parental leave even though his wife did not work. (C-222/14 Maistrellis [2015]). The judgement challenged the traditional distribution of caring roles and the subsidiary[…]

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The daddy track

Australian researcher, Samone McCurdy, has examined the motherhood penalty in the workplace and has concluded it emerges not so much from prejudice against women, as from the step away from work to “primary care”. And, as such, the penalty applies equally to men who make the same step. The gender difference arises from the fact[…]


Daddy quota leads to more sharing of domestic and earning work and more breastfeeding in Quebec

The introduction of a daddy quota of leave in Quebec in 2006, along with expanded eligibility and increased payments, dramatically increased leave-taking by fathers and, in the years after the leave was taken, increased the amount of housework fathers do, led to mothers transferring time from housework to childcare, and increased breastfeeding rates. The total[…]

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The primary carer idea drives divergent career paths for male and female graduates of Harvard Business School

A team of researchers at Harvard Business School have surveyed more than 25,000 of their male and female graduates to find out how the share of work and care worked out between them. They surveyed graduates all the way from 26 years of age to 67. The women in this group work a great deal.[…]