Paul Ryan and Joe Biden: Unlikely Alliance of Working Fathers
Paul Ryan and Joe Biden did something remarkable this week: They talked about the time they reserve for their families.
Whether or not you believe them, it is significant that they chose to cite family obligations publicly — particularly because they are career-driven, and because they are men. It can hurt men’s careers in the short term. But in the long term, if more prominent men talk about family, it could reduce the stigma significantly.
In some ways, Mr. Ryan and Mr. Biden have an easier time talking about family because they are men (and highly successful men.) When women mention family, research shows, they tend to be immediately discounted as being uncommitted to their work, and penalized in pay and promotions. When men talk about having children, they are generally rewarded, with higher pay and better jobs.
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