Yesterday, Max Schireson stepped down as CEO of MongoDB, a successful and growing software company, in order to be a more involved father. He used this opportunity to give voice to the work-family struggles of today’s fathers. Why his work-family role modeling is so important.
Paternity leave seems to be the new “hot” topic. How does that relate to maternity leave? Will we finally be able to move beyond the concept of pregnancy as a disability and admit it’s important for parents of both sexes to take care of and bond with their babies? And that even among those eligible for the [Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)]’s 12 weeks unpaid leave, few can afford to take it?
It is good advice for any negotiator – male or female — to ask for what they want in terms that their counterparts will perceive as legitimate and mutually beneficial. But for women, it is especially helpful because it unburdens them from the social costs of self-advocating. By sharing this research, I hope to shed light on this bias. Most people don’t want to discriminate. With more self-awareness as negotiators and evaluators, we can work to close this gender gap.