Mark Zuckerberg Gives Paternity Leave Big Endorsement
When you’re worth $46.9 billion, it’s hard to think that you’d need to officially take “time off” from work. After all, Mark Zuckerberg has enough money to retire at age 31 and live a more-than comfortable life. There’s just one problem with that plan. He’s the CEO of the leading social network, the social media titan that shattered records and truly kicked off the tech riches craze.
He’s a hard worker, despite his billions. He just announced over a Facebook post that he plans to take two months of paternity leave after his wife, Priscilla Chan, gives birth to their daughter.
Paternity leave is slow-going in being readily offered, accepted and used in the United States. This week, Mark Zuckerberg gave the practice a notable notch. His notoriety gives paternity leave a huge endorsement, as many companies are still struggling to change the tradition of only allowing mothers to take time off to be with their newborns. The tradition is so engrained in the nuclear standard that even when companies offer paid paternity leave, many men struggle with taking it.
Zuckerberg wants Americans to know that Facebook supports it. “Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families,” said Zuckerberg. “At Facebook we offer our US employees up to 4 months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year.”
Facebook is not alone with this sentiment, as many big brands have recently announced paternity leave or extended leave rights to fathers—including Spotify and Amazon. Although the opportunity is a start, only time will tell if men begin to seize it. Perhaps a high profile name like Zuckerberg making use of the benefit will inspire more fathers to do the same.