Paternity, not maternity, leave should be increased if inequality between men and women in the workplace is ever to be overcome, the Industrial Society claims in a controversial report.
Mothers Versus Men: Why Women Lose at Work concludes that government plans to extend maternity leave will simply lock women into the role of prime child-rearer, causing them to lose out to men at work.
The think-tank says policy makers should aim to balance the responsibilities of mothers and fathers by making paternity and maternity leave equal.
Of the 130 parents studied women were shown to be the primary carer in every case, despite being the main earner in four out of 10 households.
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