Letter to the editor
It is very interesting to (finally) read an article from a new father describing the difficulties of combining an architectural career with helping to raise a young family (Speaking Out May 18).
I question why the government is still enforcing traditional roles on families with the rather Victorian concept of “maternity leave”. It is surely time to replace this with “parental leave” as the Scandinavians have been doing for years.
This would allow families to decide which parent takes leave (I know plenty of new parents where the mother has higher pay or better prospects). Plus, it doesn’t put a target on young women’s foreheads saying “Watch Out: Risk of Maternity Leave” to interviewers.
Expecting all staff to remain childless throughout their lives is unrealistic and the idea that working 24/7 is synonymous with good architecture is also questionable.
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