Paternity leave is also one of the most effective long-term investments in changing, challenging, and shifting gender stereotypes.
When men take paternity leave, it affirms that caregiving is everyone’s responsibility, it helps improve pay equity, and makes it easier for more women to live out their full potential, get support, and climb the career ladder.
And research shows that, apart from the joy of being close to a new baby, men’s physical, mental, and sexual health improves from engaging in equal care.
There is a big want and need for men to be more engaged in caregiving, and men are eager to take it on. According to the 2019 State of the World’s Fathers report, 85% of fathers said they would be willing to do anything to be very involved in the early weeks and months of caring for their new child.