Grandparental leave – pros and cons

The Chancellor has announced that from 2018, under the shared parental leave (SPL) scheme, grandparents will be able to share up to 50 weeks’ leave with their child in order to care for their grandchildren in the first year after birth or placement for adoption. What will such a development mean for families, and when might it be used?

The government says there are 2 million grandparents who have stopped work, reduced their hours or taken time off to provide crucial care for their grandchildren…

Shared Parental leave: a start to breaking down gender inequality?

Shared parental leave (SPL) enables men and women to share care for their children in the first year. I’m going to start by being optimistic – by assuming that men will start taking up this opportunity to take time off to care for their children at this critical phase of their lives, and that this will then lead to a breakdown in the stereotype of women in their 20’s and 30’s as being on ‘the mummy track.’

In her TED talk about women at the top, Sheryl Sandberg points out that women are not making it to the top in any profession in any place in the world…