If full salary paid parental leave were available for both parents, say 3 months for each parents, we would take a step in the right direction.
Then society has a whole would stop seeing this having baby business as a female role. Male and female would have their career impacted the same way when choosing to build a family.
And what an improvement for our kids too, to see that male and female partake in education and house chores equitably.
Cause sexism gets created there and then.
There is a study that shows that before 3yo, if you ask a child which gender people tend to prefer he will answer his own gender. But past 3yo, the answer that men tend to be preferred by people gets stronger. Especially in the group of kids that watch a lot of tv and/or for girls that leave in a household where chores are mostly done by the mum…
A little off topic.
When I have a bub I resign myself to the fact that I will be out of work for 10-12 months due to breastfeeding. For me that's not sexism ...it is just a natural consequence of being a breastfeeding mother.. Of being a female.
Once I went back to work household chores/child raising was split with hubby 50-50. It really helped me get back into work. So I see your point there.
I understand what you are saying VP, but it still doesn't add up, if you look at Aboriginal people in an urban setting, their mortality rate is still way higher, education and thus high paying careers are often out of reach. It is not because Aboriginal people are less intelligent, but a vicious cycle that goes on and on.
As to the whole moving on and getting over it thing. My culture was taken over by the English too - a heck of a long time ago - much longer than here in Australia. And the hatred never leaves, not that I look at Englsh people and hate them, but as a nation- I believe they have done huge amounts of wrong in the past, maybe that is why I totally understand why the "debt hasn't been paid" in terms of Indigenous Australians.
And I think VP is probably right about parliament not being child friendly. But what I would like to know is, why are we automatically disadvantaged in terms of career prospects than men just because we have kids? Men have kids all the time too - why is Tony Abbott PM? He has 3 kids...
Last edited by beebs; 17-09-2013 at 17:34.
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