Lopsided Leave

Getting fathers to take parental leave takes more than policy—culture plays a major role. And like policy, it varies widely between countries.  
 
In some Nordic countries and Portugal, uptake of male parental leave is as high as 40%. In Australia, it’s under 2%. US laws don’t offer paternal leave.
 
Nuances also contribute. In Iceland, male opt-in increased when the payment rate was increased.  
 
And while Japan offers a year of paternal leave, few fathers opt in. Same with South Korea—which offers 53 weeks’ leave. A “work-first” culture is a major factor—leading to lawsuits claiming employers demoted workers who took parental leave.
 
The Atlantic

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