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Rowan - You were fab!

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IamtheZombie Mon 09-Feb-15 10:41:18

Zombie has just seen your interview on BBC news. Well done. grin

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 09-Feb-15 12:13:27

<wishes for a TV in the office>
No doubt she was marvellous and we will make sure she sees your kind words Zombie.

magimedi Mon 09-Feb-15 13:34:59

Could you tell us what it was about, please?

Sparklingbrook Mon 09-Feb-15 13:37:45

Justine was also fab on ITV News just now. smile

clam Mon 09-Feb-15 13:45:22

Was this about Labour's new wheeze to offer extended paternity leave? Have any of us from the other thread been quoted? (Come on, I even said "For FLIP'S sake, instead of Fuck!)

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 10-Feb-15 16:04:06

Aw thank you Zombie

We based our interviews yesterday on this survey from late 2014, in which 80% of respondents told us that they wished their husbands/spouses could have taken more paternity leave, and 70% of those told us that one of the major reasons they didn't was that the rates of pay were too low. 90% of respondents thought that statutory paternity leave rates should match maternity leave rates. So based on that, our approach yesterday was broadly to say that we think more money going into paternity leave pay has to be a good thing.

We've also done quite a lot of survey work with MNers on 'choreology' and the division of household tasks, and again and again you tell us that mothers still bear much more of the weight for household work than fathers do, even when both partners work out of the home. There's quite a lot of research showing that men who get involved in caring for their children very early on (usually involving a fair amount of paternity leave) tend to stay involved, bearing a fairer share of the burden of childcare and child-related work later on in the child's life.

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