For 30 years, Working Mother Magazine has blazed a trail that has helped all working parents- including dads.
This week marks the 30th anniversary of Working Mother Magazine’s annual list of top employers for working moms. To mark this event, they asked 30 work-life experts and advocates to share their thoughts about Working Mother’s impact over the years. I am honored to have been asked to contribute. Here’s my tribute to Working Mother Magazine:
Working Mother Magazine is well known for the work it does on behalf of women, but it has also, in many ways, blazed a trail for men seeking work-family balance and more supportive workplaces. The business world is finally starting to recognize the needs of working fathers—new and expanded paternity leave policies are being introduced in rapid succession by large, influential companies across numerous industries. As a longtime advocate and scholar in this area, I couldn’t be happier.
I don’t think any of this could have happened were it not for the consistently excellent work of the magazine—not just its 100 Best list, but its high-quality research and effective advocacy. Working Mother has, over time, helped change the culture, creating a society in which family concerns are seen as legitimate business concerns. It’s also expanded the notion of what it means to be a good employer. Smart companies have taken up the challenge, creating more family-friendly work environments.
Working Mother is also always inclusive. It understands that equality for women in the workplace cannot be fully achieved without the pursuit of equality for men in the home. It encourages and supports involved fatherhood, which ultimately makes families stronger—and that benefits not only parents and children, but employers and society as a whole. After all, work-family concerns are not just women’s issues. They are issues that affect us all.
You can see my tribute, as well as those of the other experts (including friends of Fathers, Work and Family- Brigid Schulte, Stewart Friedman, Sara Sutton Fell and many more) by clicking here.
What do you think about Working Mother and its impact on working dads? Let’s discuss in the comments.
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