Flexibility is Good for Working Mothers …..and Fathers

Daddy working on computer I saw a talk recently given by a working father who recommended the book on working parents and workplace discrimination, "Fatherhood Reclaimed" by Adrienne Burgess, which I have started to read. The speaker argued that for far too long, flexible working has been seen as a  right for working mothers only and the evidence seems to bear him out - requests for flexible working from men are more often turned down than those requests from women. I agree, and think that the sooner flexibility is seen as a human issue, the more readily it will be adopted rather than be marginalised as a "woman's issue". According to Richard Reeves in The Observer " The real change needed now is in the lives of fathers. Men are more engaged in their children's lives than ever, despite the pressures of being the main breadwinner in most households. But their working patterns have not altered significantly. For women to have more equality at work, we need more equality at home; in this struggle for equality, fathers and feminists are on the same side." I liked the sound of that – fathers and feminists on the same side.

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