Transforming the idea of fatherhood – California’s experience with paid parental leave

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Photo Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

While federal paid parental leave or paid paternity leave is still elusive in the United States, states such as California have moved ahead and are now offering mothers as well as fathers the ability to stay at home with their newborn children – while not having to sacrifice their paycheck. Yet this welcomed policy change in California cannot hide the fact that the United States continues to be a laggard in the area of parental leave and is now the only industrialized country which does not offer such benefits (Spurlock 2013). Continue reading