You Did What? Taking the Daddy Track

Samone Eugena McCurdy

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Few people would disagree that many women face barriers, if not outright discrimination when they transition to the role of working parent. There is some emerging research however that suggests discrimination and unconscious bias in the workplace may not be entirely grounded in gender and it is the ‘caring element’, or more precisely the reduction in work intensity this entails, that drives the differential treatment and outcomes for men and women. This infers that the change point for improved gender equality may need to shift from a focus on becoming an ‘employer of choice for women’ to a more sophisticated understanding of gender and the re-construction of the ideal worker paradigm. Exploring this possibility is the next major challenge for the gender equality project, and one in which fathers and their work and care experiences are foundational. Unfortunately, the state of knowledge on the subject is minimal
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCarreer Interupted: How 14 Successful Women Navigate Carer Breaks
EditorsNorah Breekveldt
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherMelbourne Books
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015


  • gender diversity
  • policy analysis
  • fathers

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