Facebook Supports Paternity Leave

There has been a great deal of news and comment recently regarding the decision by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to take two months of paternity leave upon the birth of their first child late last month, a daughter they named Max. In a recent tweet from Upworthy titled 5 Reasons Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Upcoming Parental Leave Matters for the Rest of Us by Doyin Richards, he identifies why he believes that to be the case:

  1. Being a Dad comes first
  2. Respect for child rearing starts at the top
  3. Facebook is setting the tone for other companies
  4. Zuckerberg is challenging what it means to be a working Dad
  5. Time is important-let’s cherish it

Zuckerberg recently announced that Facebook will provide 4 months of paid maternity and paternity leave for its employees. This is great news for working Moms and Dads at Facebook and other companies that may be motivated to do the same.

It is great news for women when men take paternity leave as it promotes real understanding that parenting is not just “lady business” but a priority for Moms and Dads.

Congratulations to Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg on the birth of Max as well as Facebook’s commitment to support both working Moms and Dads. Not every working Mom and Dad have the same opportunity to share the quality and quantity of time with a newborn, but every action of this nature and the press surrounding it raises more awareness on this important issue and helps all of us. Doyin Richards is correct–Mark Zuckerberg’s parental leave matters and helps all of us.