Why Don’t More Fathers Take Paternity Leave?

When Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said he was taking “a few weeks” of paternity leave following the birth of his second child this year, his decision solicited mixed reactions. Some praised him for normalizing paternal leave, while others asked why he was taking any leave at all. 

In 2021, UK’s Prince Harry broke with tradition when he took five months to help raise his second child. The same year, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg faced criticism from conservatives when he took two months of paternity leave to take care of his two newborn twins. 

The three men are the exceptions, not the rule. 

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