Fatherhood and gender equality: the forgotten connection
At the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen this May, attended by 5,500 people, there were constant references to fatherhood. In the opening plenary session alone there were five mentions of it.
Fatherhood was present – invisibly – in another way, illustrated by this tweet during my own presentation: "Great talk from @DuncanFisher on ‘collaborative breeding’. Happy my husband is looking after our 3 kids so I can attend #wd2016. [@AliceKerrWilson]"
Just as men have been able to run the world while women look after their children, so some women are now leading the way towards equality while men care for their children.
But the fatherhood theme was not developed nor discussed at the conference in any significant way. There was a session on “caring men” attended by 65 (enthusiastic!) people, but it hardly compared to the session on “powerful men” that attracted between 2000 and 3000 people, as far as I could count!