Offering parental leave for new fathers could help close the gender gap, removing the unfair "motherhood penalty" women receive for taking time off after giving birth. However, a new study finds that parental leave also has a pay gap. Men are less likely to take time off, however, when they do, they're more likely to get paid for it.

A survey of 2,966 men and women conducted by New America found that men are more likely to receive paid parental leave. Over half (52%) of fathers had fully paid parental leave, and 14% of fathers had partially paid parental leave. In comparison, 33% of mothers had fully paid parental leave and 19% had partially paid parental leave.

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We Need More Conservative Moms Like Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly's passionate defense of maternity leave is a reminder that childcare is a nonpartisan issue.


Conservative women touting their mom credentials don't often support policies that make life easier on women and families, but Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly has become an unlikely advocate for mom-friendly policies. She laid the smack down on radio host Mike Gallagher, who had called maternity leave a "racket," reminding him and her viewers that the United States is in the "Dark Ages" compared to other countries when it comes to family leave policies. Check out this exchange:

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The Future Is Lonely: Why I'm Only Having One Kid

Being an only child kinda sucked. But there’s no doubt that my future child will be one.

Me in 1985, dreaming up my imaginary little sister

I wasn’t exactly devastated that I grew up an only child, but I didn’t love it. In fact, it kinda sucked. I begged my parents for a sibling weekly until I was about 8. Instead of an imaginary friend, I had an imaginary younger sister, much to the confusion of my kindergarten teacher. There are only so many times your parents will play catch with you, and only so far your creativity can take you before you whine, “I’m bo-ored!”

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