Ryan Reynolds, Father's Day, and New Data About Working Dads
Just kidding. Men are still the earners, women the caregivers.
So confirms a new study. "Fathers consistently perceive even more pressure to prioritize work over their families," says Promundo's and Dove Men+Care's new Helping Dads Care study, "perhaps because outdated stereotypes that fathers are breadwinners but not caregivers remains pervasive."
New century, same old story. Sigh.
What Working Dads SayHere's the thing: 70% of women are in the workforce. So men aren't the only earners. Just as important, today's dads don't want to be only earners. They want to be dads, too. They tell us this...a lot:
- In 2014, they told our Modern Family Index they wanted to be more involved with family.
- In 2015 they said the lack of family time was burning them out.
- In 2016, they said family time was such a priority, they'd change jobs just to find it.
Father's Day is a Good Time for a ChangeWhy should we care? Because of the domino effect. When work won't recognize dads as dads (when they penalize them for taking family time, which they do), it makes it hard for women to be moms and employees. And then this happens. And that's not good for anyone.
"Our workplaces need to better support fathers to be fully involved parents," reads the Promundo/Dove study. "And if employers don't create enabling environments for all parents, they risk losing key talent: both men and women."
Earlier this year, a delightful Deadpool 2 Fan asked working dad Ryan Reynolds how he was able to manage balancing the conflicts of work and parenting.
The actor was momentarily stunned: "That's so nice when you ask a dude this."
Here's to the day when asking a dude about child care is not so stunning at all.
Happy Father's Day!
February 1, 2020