Why America’s Fathers Aren’t Living Up to Expectations

We must encourage more dads to be caregivers at home.

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Media Outlet: TIME

Elizabeth Weingarten and Gary Baker writes for Time about the need for American fathers to be more involved in the home:

For many American fathers, there’s still a disconnect between what they want, and what they think they can do. They may want to be equal partners, to share the joys and responsibilities of parenting with their partner, but a triple combination of antiquated gender norms, sclerotic workplace culture and lack of family-friendly policies knock that choice off the table.

Promundo recently analyzed the available data on fathers in the U.S. and surveyed about 2,000 respondents for its “State of the America’s Fathers” report.


Elizabeth Weingarten is the director of the Global Gender Parity Initiative, a project of the Better Life Lab where she is a senior fellow.

Gary Barker is Director of Promundo, an international organization that works for gender equality and engaging men as full and equal caregivers.