Gender inequality and the impact of children

Gender inequality and the impact of children


We were curious to hear how having children
impacts the careers of working men and women in the UK We found more women than men felt under pressure
to achieve their career goals before having children So why? Because women felt they would have
to refocus on family values rather than individual success, whereas men felt under more pressure
to achieve success to support their family And the majority of both genders agree that
society puts this pressure on men Perhaps this explains why women are four times
more likely than men to scale back their careers to become part-time working parents? So, why are men less likely to take the greater
share of childcare? And how do both men and women feel about this? And why do 71% of female respondents take
time off work when their child is sick, compared to just 32% of male respondents – despite
the fact men and women have equal rights to do so? Regardless of gender, and despite the fact
that ⅔ of workers say their employer is accommodating of their family commitments… …a third of parents don’t feel comfortable
asking to work flexible hours, or fear their colleagues look down on them The solutions suggested were varied…including
employer flexibility, changing perceptions of gender roles and improving legislation What do you think? Join the discussion.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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