Single fathers and stay-at-home dads often have to fight for recognition as primary parents. Until fairly recently, diaper-changing stations were only installed in traditional women’s restrooms. Some
Until fairly recently, diaper-changing stations were only installed in traditional women’s restrooms. Some companies/work places do not grant paternity leave to their employees.
According to singleparentadvocate.org, 12.9% of custodial single dads live in poverty, and single dads in general almost always make less money than married dads (Reuters). Only 69% of single dads have full-time jobs, compared to 88% of married dads. Yet, out of 11.7 million single-parent households, 3.4% of children live only with their fathers by (http://singleparents.about.com). The biggest difference in the employment and earning potential of single vs. married dads can be traced to issues of child care. Challenges to careers come as a result of marital status, parental status, gender, sexual orientation, and lifestyle expression. People of all genders and ages benefit when all are treated equally.
All genders are subject to stereotypes, and society’s views of masculinity can affect life at home as much as at work. Do you want to know more about men who consciously work to be models for their responsibility and responsible relationships in their community? Visit the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence website, and click on Ten Men.
AIDS affects people all over the world, and we can help spread awareness and information. Stop by the Gender Equity tables on November 28, 29, 30. Become more educated about what living with HIV / AIDS is really like. Find out who can be infected, and how. And pick up a World AIDS Day sticker to wear December 1 – Wear red that day to help raise awareness of the FACTS about AIDS.
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