Could the secret to getting more women involved in the workforce be paternity leave? Gwynn Guilford notes that maternity leave, in its current form, creates asymmetry between men and women. She describes a world in which women often fall behind male counterparts in career progression and, as result, are either hesitant to enter or do not return to the workforce. The author explains how maternity leave reinforces gender inequality and calls for improvements to paternity leave as a step towards a supporting working mothers. Although males may not take advantage of the program, Guilford develops a compelling approach to supporting female advancement in the workplace.
Rather, as the experiences of Sweden, Iceland, and a handful of other countries show, the secret to keeping mothers in the workforce lies not in giving them more time off, but in getting more fathers to stay at home instead. And that, it turns out, depends to a large extent on getting rid of the pay gap that exists between men and women almost everywhere.