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The Perfect Father's Day Gift? Paid Paternity Leave

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16.06.2019

I have a lot to celebrate this Father's Day, as my husband and I just welcomed our fourth daughter in four years. This is a season of joy and chaos for both of us, as we manage our growing family along with our growing careers. We've been navigating the demands of pregnancy and early childhood while earning promotions and, in my case, launching a new business-- The Riveter-- that took on a life of its own, growing from an idea to 75 employees within two years.

I am often asked-- more often than my husband-- how we "make it all work." Any success we have is rooted in a promise we made to one another: we will parent together, on equal terms. I was raised by parents who took this same approach, and I wish that all who wanted to take this route could.

But the fact remains that they cannot. As a recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted, only 15 percent of American civilian workers have access to paid family leave-- and this leave still skews toward mothers. Even today, only 14 percent of fathers who take leave use more than two weeks.

Both my own experience and the numbers tell us that we would all be better off if the world looked........

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