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Parental leave: beware of stereotypes!

Why prejudice about parental leave is completely inappropriate in today's business environment

Season 1, episode 29
3 min / Published
By Evrard

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox shows how prejudice about parental leave dies hard, and why such prejudice is completely inappropriate in today's business environment.

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Parental leave: beware of stereotypes! 

with Avivah Wittenberg-Cox 

A father asks for paternity leave in the afternoons and learns that doing so would compromise his career. 


To encourage women to become leaders we need to actively encourage and allow men to become fathers. 

Companies should offer parental leave—not just "maternal leave". This is much more in line with the career ambitions of 21st century talent. 

Apply this: 

  • What policies does your organization currently have about parental leave? 
  • What prejudices are ingrained in these policies? 
  • What would a more just policy look like? How would it be more attractive to modern workers? 

Podcast Points_Parental leave beware of stereotypes.pdf

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This episode is part of the Discover Advantages in Gender Differences series
How to overcome gender challenges in the workplace
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