Parental Leaves and Gender Equality: The Effect of Parental Leaves on Women’s and Men’s Careers


Thursday, September 12, 2019, 11:45am to 1:00pm


Ellwood Democracy Lab (Rubenstein 414)

Ivona Hideg, WAPPP Fellow; Canada Research Chair, Organizational Leadership; Associate Professor of OB/HRM, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University

Parental leaves are critical for gender equality as they help employees manage having both careers and children. Recent trends in many countries, including Canada, encourage longer parental leaves. Yet past research shows that longer parental leaves can have unintended negative career impacts, especially for women, while the effects for men are less well understood. In this seminar, Ivona Hideg presents data examining the effect of parental leaves on both women’s and men’s careers in the context of Canadian parental leave policies.