Children should feel supported when they both lead and nurture,
and this means pushing back against age-old expectations that
women should be caring and men should be in charge.
Changing these stereotypes starts at home.
When parents have 50/50
partnerships, children grow up with more egalitarian views and can
envision more possibilities for themselves.
Telling children “You can do
anything” is not nearly as effective as showing them they can!
By making small changes that create more equal homes, we can raise a
generation of women and men who can be anything they want to be.
Here’s this week’s tip on how dads can help support gender equality at home:
MODEL EQUALITY AT HOME
Almost 65 percent of couples rely on dual incomes, but only 9 percent share child
care, housework, and breadwinning equally.
Yet research shows that splitting
responsibilities more evenly benefits children.
Fathers who do more household
chores are more likely to raise daughters who believe they have a broader range of
career options, and parents who share in decision making are more likely to raise
sons who support gender equality.
Approach child care and housework as real partners. Split household chores and
child care fairly, and talk openly about how—and why—you share responsibilities.