Mark Zuckerberg Has Just Set A Huge Precedent For Working Dads Everywhere
Nothing like a big Zuck life decision to (hopefully) change our entire society for the better.
In a Facebook post on Friday, Mark Zuckerberg announced he will be taking a two-month paternity leave when his daughter is born.
This isn't the first time the CEO of Facebook has been open about his personal life — particularly on the parenting front — on his very own social platform. He shared their pregnancy news as well as accounts of their heartbreaking miscarriages.
People have been wondering whether or not he would take any time off for dad duties, as Facebook offers employees up to four months of parental leave during the first year, so he confirmed that he would be taking two-months off to care for his newborn daughter.
Describing his paternity-leave plan as "a very personal decision," Zuckberg wrote. "Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families."
When someone as important as Zuckerberg takes a significant paternity leave, dads worldwide are arguably much better off. His massive influence — along with other male CEOs who have made similar moves — could change the way we see paternity leave. More and more tech companies, like Spotify, for instance, have offered paid parental leave benefits to both moms and dads. On Thursday, Spotify announced a major six-month paid parental leave policy for all employees.
Hopefully what this means is that corporate culture is shifting away from parental leave applying only to women and penalties against those who take full advantage of the essential "perk." Zuckerberg may not be able to solve all our parental leave issues in one Facebook post, but we're glad he's charging at them with full force.
"Every day things are getting a little more real for us, and we're excited to start this next stage in our lives," he said.